Conversion Therapy (C.T.) can be described as attempts to change an individual’s sexual orientation to heterosexual. This useless practice is harmful to a person’s identity, mental health and wellness. Individuals in our LGBTQ community are not sick, they do not need to be cured. A sexual orientation is not a weakness or shortcoming.
There are mental health consequences to C.T., including anxiety, depression, PTSD, and suicidal behaviour. CMHA of NB supports the equality and human rights of our LGBTQ community. NB has an opportunity to improve their lives and to be a leader in Human Rights.
C.T. is still legal in much of Canada. There have been provincial and municipal bans only in Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia and the city of Vancouver.
A motion to ban C.T. was presented in the NB Legislature on December 13, 2018 by the Green Party. Provincial voices need to be supportive and loud to help move the Human Rights Act and Criminal Code into 2019, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.
There is an online petition calling on the Trudeau government to implement a nation-wide ban on C.T.
CMHA of NB is invested in the success of this National online petition, as well as the provincial motion by the Green Party.
While the social stigma, rejection and prejudice exists, people are hurting and many attempting suicide. People are dying while their voices are not heard and respected.
Please reach out to your government officials on the provincial and federal levels in support of banning C.T. as well please see the link below to sign the online petition, which closes January 18, 2019.
Canadian Mental Health Association of New Brunswick
Online petition link – Petition E-1833 (Conversion Therapy)