Ally Alert: Help ban conversion therapy in Canada

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Here is a petition to ban conversion therapy on minors in Canada. Some provinces have already issued legislation to ban the harmful practice that involves trying to 'fix' LGBTQ youth.

Why is this important?

  • The Government of Canada is strongly committed to supporting the equality and human rights of the LGBTQ2+ community and all residents;

  • “Sex”, “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” are prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code;

  • The practice of “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy”, is seriously harmful to individuals and is opposed by the Canadian Psychological Association, the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association and others; and

  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child indicates that children should not be discriminated against based on what gender they identify with.

Here is what's being asked by way of a signature:

We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to :(a) enact legislation banning conversion therapy to minors in Canada;(b) enact legislation prohibiting transporting minors outside of the country for such purposes; and(c) have conversion therapy included in the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code, to protect children from abuse.

Please sign here online: petition to the Government of Canada to ban conversion therapy.

For more information, check out the recent Nova Scotia move to ban conversion therapy in youth under 16-years-old: Nova Scotia Bans Conversion Therapy.

While this is a move in the right direction, it still leaves vulnerable young people susceptible to receiving conversion therapy by way of consent if they are 16

Also, Protecting LGBTQ2+ Youth recognized by National Orgs: HRC and more resources available on our Resource Page.

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