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e-2244 (Conversion therapy)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Sabrina Smith from Calgary, Alberta, on July 3, 2019, at 9:13 a.m. (EDT)
keywords
Conversion therapy
Sexual minorities
Closed upon dissolution

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

Whereas:
  • Homosexuality and gender-nonconformity have been observed as naturally occurring since the 19th century by psychologists and sexologists;
  • Homosexuality was removed from the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1974;
  • Ideology and beliefs should not stand in the way of empirical data which prove that sexuality and gender cannot be changed through “therapy”;
  • Individuals who are forcibly subjected to conversion therapy often face abuse and trauma from the “therapy” they are given;
  • Individuals who are forcibly subjected to conversion therapy often face lifelong sexual confusion which affect their personal relationships;
  • Mental illness and suicide is overrepresented among LGBTQ2 youth than heterosexual and cisgender youth, which is often made worse with conversion therapy; and
  • Banning conversion therapy for minors will protect LGBTQ2 youth from abuse and trauma.
We, the undersigned, residents and citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to ban conversion therapy for minors.
Calgary Centre
Liberal
Alberta
Open for signature : July 3, 2019, at 9:13 a.m. (EDT)
Closed upon dissolution : September 11, 2019
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
273
British Columbia
50
Manitoba
25
New Brunswick
3
Newfoundland and Labrador
1
Nova Scotia
2
Ontario
128
Prince Edward Island
2
Quebec
18
Saskatchewan
7
Other Countries
1
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