Conversion practices ban reintroduced in Parliament

The BCHA is celebrating the introduction of a new bill to ban conversion practices (including so called "conversion therapy") in Parliament.

Bill C-4 is the third attempt by the government to ban conversion practices, the two previous bills having died when Parliament was prorogued and when the election was called.

Building on previous bills, the new ban applies equally to efforts to "convert" the sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression of adults and minors.

"While it shouldn't take three tried to enact protections for LGBTQ2S+ Canadians," said Ian Bushfield, BCHA Executive Director, "we're heartened that this is the strongest bill yet. We're hopeful MPs move quickly to ban this dangerous and unscientific practice."

Two private members bills have been introduced in the BC Legislature to ban conversion therapy, only to die on the order paper.

The BCHA will be following the progress of Bill C-4 and encouraging supporters to write to their representatives in favour of the bill as it progresses.

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