As a mother and step-mother and as a human being, I find the fact that conversion therapies are legal in the province I live in unacceptable. I find it completely inconceivable that there is still no law prohibiting these “therapies” in Quebec.
Even though this type of “therapy” is recognized by mental health specialists as being able to cause, among others, depression, sexual dysfunction and anxiety, it is still legal in Quebec to carry out such practices. How can something so damaging and abusive be legal? Protecting the population should be a priority for the government. It is a shame for our society that this kind of atrocity is still legal in 2018.
According to studies, 33% of young homosexuals and bisexuals make suicide attempts, compared to 7% of young people in general. In addition, 73% of LGBTQ students do not feel safe at school compared to 20% of heterosexual students. All students should be able to feel safe regardless of their sexual orientation.
Conversion therapies only add to the distress of the LGBTQ community and have been shown not only to be ineffective, but also to be harmful, both in the short and long term, for the well-being of patients.
If you are as disgusted by this as I am, please tell our government that we need this to change.
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