Humanists welcome bill to ban conversion therapy

Humanists are welcoming the introduction of a bill to ban conversion therapy in Canada.

Conversion therapy is a discredited and harmful practice to try to change one's sexual orientation or gender identity. It is largely based on pseudoscientific views of sexuality and gender.

The bill, if passed, will make it a crime to subject minors to conversion therapy, to take a minor abroad for conversion therapy, to force someone into conversion therapy without consent, to profit off conversion therapy or to advertise conversion therapy.

The BC Humanists are supportive of efforts to ban conversion therapy and wrote in support of moves by the City of Vancouver and BC Green MLAs to prohibit the practice. Nova Scotia, PEI, Manitoba and Ontario have passed laws to ban the practice from their healthcare systems.

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Further background on conversion therapy and the proposed changes

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