Canada has banned so-called gay conversion therapy

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joins LGBTQ community as they march in Canada’s largest Pride parade

Canada on Wednesday banned conversion therapy, which are treatments that claim to be able to change a person’s sexual orientation or identity…The law makes it a crime to subject a person of any age, consenting or not, to such treatment.

So-called conversion therapies rely on the assumption that sexual orientation can be changed or “cured” — an idea discredited by major medical associations in the US, the UK and elsewhere…It’s often performed by religious leaders, but licensed clinicians are also engaged in the practice…

“It’s official: Our government’s legislation banning the despicable and degrading practice of conversion therapy has received Royal Assent — meaning it is now law,” he wrote on Twitter. “LGBTQ2 Canadians, we’ll always stand up for you and your rights.”…

Last year, hundreds of religious leaders joined forces to push for a global ban on conversion therapy.
The declaration asked for forgiveness for the harm that some religious teachings have caused LGBTQ+ people and calls for everyone to “celebrate inclusivity and the extraordinary gift of our diversity.”

Overdue. I expect the United States will join this progressive move. If not in this century, the next.

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