Ep #6: Exploring Bill C-6
An Act To Ban Conversion Therapy
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S1: Ep #6: Exploring Bill C-6 - An Act To Ban Conversion Therapy
Hey Cis friends!
Did you know Conversion Therapy is still legal in certain provinces across Canada?
Do you want to learn more about what is happening to ban it?
Tune-in as we speak with one of the people holding government to task on criminalizing the harmful practice.
We're also unpacking recent political strides and achievements for LGBTQ+ people in politics south of the border and sending our congratulations.
Bill C-6 recently passed the second reading on October 28th and is an act to effectively ban and criminalize conversion therapy across Canada.
This week we're talking about Bill C-6 with the Honourable Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, Bardish Chagger.
Bardish is passionate about people being free to share their stories and experiences.
She is a force in breaking down barriers for marginalized communities and is someone who is very comfortable, being uncomfortable.
She says she wants everyone to have an equal opportunity to be their authentic selves and she's willing to go to bat for them, as a cisgender person and a Canadian politician.
We asked Bardish what she'd say to younger Canadians who are considering coming out as 2SLGBTQ+ and may be fearful that they won't be supported at home or in their schools.
She shared her thoughts on this and why the ban on conversion therapy is important for all Canadians.
"There should be no place for the destructive, harmful and deadly practice of Conversion Therapy here in Canada," says Bardish Chagger as she presented the Bill in the second reading.
Together Bardish, Isaac and Cynthia unpack the process, the resistance the Bill has received and the people who have paved the foundation for this Bill to make its way in becoming law.
Conversion Therapy: according to The Trevor Project is, 'sometimes referred to as “reparative therapy,” is any of several dangerous and discredited practices aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Conversion therapists use a variety of shaming, emotionally traumatic or physically painful stimuli to make their victims associate those stimuli with their LGBTQ identities. According to studies by the UCLA Williams Institute, more than 700,000 LGBTQ people have been subjected to the horrors of conversion therapy, and an estimated 80,000 LGBTQ youth will experience this unprofessional conduct in coming years, often at the insistence of well-intentioned but misinformed parents or caretakers.'
"Keep holding the government to account", says Bardish, so they can pass this Bill as quickly as possible. She says this legislation was created by people who have shared their experiences. It's not about partisan politics and it's about the survivors and those who should not have been lost.
The legislation proposes five new Criminal Code offences related to conversion therapy. These include:
causing a minor to undergo conversion therapy
removing a minor from Canada to undergo conversion therapy abroad
causing a person to undergo conversion therapy against their will
profiting from providing conversion therapy
advertising an offer to provide conversion therapy
“Conversion therapy is a cruel practice that can lead to life-long trauma, particularly for young people. Our Government remains steadfast in our commitment to protecting the dignity and equality rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirit Canadians, by criminalizing a practice that discriminates against and harms them.”
“Conversion therapy practices are rooted in the wrongful premise that sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression can and should be changed to fit an ideal of what some believe is normal or natural. By reintroducing this legislation, our Government is standing up for LGBTQ2 people and reaffirming our commitment to ensuring Canada is a place where everyone is free to be their authentic selves.”
Spotlight on Bardish Chagger:
Born in: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Fave Food: 'I love my mom's cooking. My mom makes like, real food, authentic food...still grinds her spices and stuff.'
Fave Way to relax: Chilling with friends - now virtually.
Fave Book: My favourite book is, 'The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, it's a kids book. I'm more of a paper reader... policies and stuff. I read laws because I'm cool like that.'
Gender Expression?: Just as me. She says she likes to express herself, as herself, all of the time.