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Canada’s lower house approves ban on conversion therapy

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Canada’s House of Commons this week voted to ban conversion therapy. The vote was unanimous.

The measure Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government. It now goes to the Canadian Senate.

Reuters reported that this was the second time the House of Commons had passed the ban over the summer, but it didn’t pass the Senate before September elections.

“The Trevor Project is thrilled to see the Canadian government take swift action to protect LGBTQ youth from so-called conversion ‘therapy,’ a discredited practice that has only ever shown to increase suicide risk. Prioritizing this issue will send a resounding message to LGBTQ youth around the globe that they deserve love and support, and that they are beautiful the way they are,” said Amit Paley, CEO and executive director of The Trevor Project. “Thank you to No Conversion Canada and to all of the tireless advocates who helped make this long-fought victory possible.”

The Trevor Project has long campaigned to ban conversion therapy in the U.S.

“The passing of Bill C-4 and the unanimous support it received from every official in Parliament sends a clear message to LGBTQ2 Canadians: you are valid and deserving of a life free from harm,” said Nicholas Schiavo, founder of No Conversion Canada. “Today, as we celebrate this historic moment, we must thank survivors and their tireless advocacy to reach this moment where conversion ‘therapy’ is finally outlawed in our country.”

Illinois banned conversion therapy in 2015. Every leading medical and scientific association including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and National Education Association have strongly and uniformly rejected conversion therapy for minors, citing its harmful effects on the long-term mental health of LGBTQ youth.

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