Warning: This article discusses conversion therapy in detail as well as suicide.
A highlight highlights the practice of conversion therapy that is taking place in the UK, even though it is labeled as “inhuman” and “degrading” in latest report by the United Nations.
Conversion therapy is defined as having the goal of changing one’s sexual orientation or to suppress one’s gender identity.
This can take many forms, from prayer sessions, electroshock therapy and pseudo medical procedures to rape and exorcism.
The UN report, presented to the global human rights body by Victor Madrigal-Borloz, called for a worldwide ban, saying, “It not only causes severe pain and suffering, but also leaves physical and long-term psychological damage.”
In canada, amendments to the Criminal Code proposed in March outlining the creation of five new violations to ban the practice.
However, the law was postponed because MPs only dealt with issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This practice is banned in a number of provinces including Ontario and Manitoba, as well as cities such as Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.
There are also a number of surveys, reports and studies on the topic, including one by The Trevor Project, published in the July edition The American Journal of Public Health.
One of the main findings is that “LGBTQ youth who undergo conversion therapy are more than twice as likely to report suicide attempts and are more than 2.5 times more likely to report several suicide attempts in the past year than those who did not.”
“There are many in society who want to practice this saying that this is a matter of free speech, and no, this is not a matter of free speech. This is torture, “said Jayne Ozanne, a famous gay evangelist who works to support LGBTQ2 people of all religions.
“Most who have passed have been injured. They seem to, like me, lose most of their friends and often family members, “Ozanne said.
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In Britain, a ban has been discussed about returning at least seven years.
In 2017The Church of England called on the British government to take action and ban the practice after Ozanne filed a motion in January of that year.
The following year, in July, Rt. Hon. Minister of Women and Equality Penny Mordaunt promised“We will submit a proposal to end the practice of conversion therapy in the UK
“This activity is wrong, and we don’t want to let them continue.”
However, two years later, there has been no concrete action.
A online petition gained traction in part because a large number of celebrities and activists, such as Munroe Bergdorf and Elton John, have fought for the cause by sharing links on social media and signing open letters to the government.
The petition was launched by 15-year-old Mahed Asad.
“I have LGBT friends and I just think they will experience psychological trauma and in some cases physical trauma and that surprised me,” Asad said.
Now, the petition has received more than double the support needed to bring the matter to MPs for possible debate on this issue.
“Seeing the extraordinary support shows that the community understands and is more progressive than you think and the unwavering support that the LGBT community really has,” Asad said.
However, with the end of the current session, and MPs immediately leaving for summer vacation, those who have an advocacy group Stone wall afraid of what it means to delay longer for vulnerable members of society.
“Every day, every week that passes where conversion therapy is still valid and practiced, more and more LGBT people will continue to be offered and undergo conversion therapy,” said Josh Bradlow, Stonewall’s policy manager.
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