board of the Public Canada He passed a law last Wednesday to ban calls “conversion therapies” for society LGBTQI +. Even this year, people can continue to be exposed to these practices to try to “change” their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The law was approved unanimously, bearing in mind that so-called conversion therapies have no scientific backing and for centuries have been extremely harmful, due to the fact that individuals have been subjected to prayer, hypnosis or electroconvulsive therapy. The news was a major breakthrough in terms of rights, because although these measures have been discredited around the world, according to the United Nations, there are currently at least 68 countries that carry out these practices.
The Canadian bill would specifically prohibit children from being exposed to these practices or forcing adults to do so against their will. In the coming months, the law must be approved by the Senate, as no one is expected to reject this important law.
Randy Poissonault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s LGBT advisor, told reporters: “No one can agree to torture (…). It is a great day for the survivors, to know that no one else will go through what they have been through.”
According to a study conducted by the Vancouver-based Center for Community Research and published in the journal one plus, 21% of respondents who belong to a sexual minority said that they have made efforts to change their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. 10% indicated that they had tested these treatments. According to the study authors’ calculations, at least 500,000 Canadians have been subjected to these practices so far.