Take Action on Conversion Therapy

Conversion therapy or reparative therapy is any treatment, including individual talk therapy, behavioural or aversion therapy, group therapy treatments, medical or drug-induced treatments, which attempt to change someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Simply put, it is abuse.

CONVERSION THERAPY IS HARMFUL.

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Conversion therapy is the false belief that diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or gender expressions are illnesses that can be cured through “treatment”. This backwards belief is an abusive and harmful practice that preys on the LGBTQ2+ community, and in particular LGBTQ2+ children and youth. Conversion therapy does not change sexual orientation or gender identity, it is not effective. It has devastating impacts on its victims: anxiety, depression, self-hatred, suicide or suicidal thoughts and many other psychological and social issues.

Because these queer-eugenics programs do serious and often irreversible damage to people everyday, conversion therapy has been denounced for being harmful by dozens of medical and human rights organizations around the world including the World Health Organization, the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, Human Rights Campaign, Amnesty International and many, many more.

CONVERSION THERAPY HAPPENS IN CANADA.

Many Canadians are shocked to learn that conversion therapy is still legal in Canada. While several states and countries around the world have stepped up to ban conversion therapy with criminal legislation, Canada does not have any federal ban on this harmful practice. While some jurisdictions in Canada have taken the first step by banning medical billing or business licences for conversion therapy, these bans do not prevent it from happening. It’s clear a federal ban criminalizing conversion therapy is needed.

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The Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) and No Conversion Canada (NCC) ask politicians to take action on stopping conversion therapy in Canada. No Conversion Canada (NCC) and the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) were disappointed to read the recent response by the government with regard to Petition 421-03168 (Conversion Therapy).

Conversion therapy is the false belief that a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is an illness that can be “cured through ‘treatment’”. This unfounded belief is an abusive and harmful practice that preys on the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, children and youth in particular. Conversion therapy does not change sexual orientation or gender identity, and has devastating impacts on its victims including anxiety, depression, self-hatred, suicide, suicidal thoughts and many other psychological and social issues.

By rejecting this petition by 2SLGBTQIA+ victims and MP Sheri Benson, the government has rejected an opportunity to take action and finally criminalize this dangerous act. The government has also further  perpetuated the harmful “illness” myth through their statements, by suggesting that conversion therapy is a health issue.

No Conversion Canada (NCC) and the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (CCGSD) support survivors and those affected by recognizing that conversion therapy is a dangerous, ideological practice and form of abuse that should be criminalized in Canada. It is a criminal-justice and public safety issue, as well as a human rights issue when viewed in the context of the security of the child. The suggestion that this practice falls within provincial and territorial responsibility or with health professionals is wrong and dangerous. Suggesting that by ending of provincial or territorial funding, conversion therapy will be stopped is misguided and has been proven wrong in jurisdictions where similar steps have been taken.

It is not possible to cure an illness that does not exist.

As a criminal-justice, human rights and public safety issue, we are calling on the Government of Canada to exercise its authority to outlaw this dangerous practice. Further, we are asking all political parties to go on record with their party’s position on this issue, and what steps they are willing to take to ensure that it is abolished in Canada. The Government of Canada has a responsibility to protect all Canadians from harm and we are hopeful it will take immediate action to ban this abusive practice.

NCC and the CCGSD look forward to working with 2SLGBTQIA+ communities and the Government of Canada to develop national legislation outlawing this abusive practice and ensuring the safety of all 2SLGBTQIA+ people and to prevent the violation of children’s rights.

Today, we ask all Canadians who are supportive of an end to conversion therapy to sign a community letter to each federal political party asking for their position and action plan on ending conversion therapy in Canada.

COMMUNITY LETTER

March 28, 2019

Randy Boissanault, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada on LGBTQ2 Issues


The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General



Karen Vecchio, Conservative Critic for LGBTQ2+ Issue

Rob Nicholson, Conservative Justice Critic

Randall Garrison, NDP Critic for LGBTQ2+ Issues


Tracey Ramsey, NDP Justice Critic



Yves-François Blanchet, Bloc Québécois

Elizabeth May, Green Party Leader

Maxime Bernier, People’s Party of Canada Leader


Dear Members of Parliament,

Conversion therapy is the false belief that a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is an illness that can be cured through “treatment”. This backwards belief is an abusive and harmful practice that preys on the LGBTQ2+ community, children and youth in particular. Conversion therapy does not change sexual orientation or gender identity and has devastating impacts on its victims including anxiety, depression, self-hatred, suicide, suicidal thoughts and many other psychological and social issues.

Many Canadians are shocked to learn this dangerous practice is still legal in Canada and continues to target LGBTQ2+ minors in 2019. It’s time for a criminal ban to outlaw this abusive practice. That is why we are calling on all parties in Canada to develop and support federal legislation criminalizing and outlawing conversion therapy against LGBTQ2+ minors.

We the undersigned are asking for your public support in implementing a federal conversion therapy ban to outlaw this dangerous abuse and protect all Canadian minors.

Today, we asking you for your party’s public position and action plan on ending conversion therapy in Canada.

SIGN THE LETTER HERE