We wanted to bring this to your attention in case anyone was interested in supporting/signing the petition, as well as share some education and background on conversion therapy and it’s harms.
Last year, the government of Canada banned conversion therapy: a harmful practice to the LGBTQ2S+ community, and in particular youth. Recently, an MP has brought forward a petition asking the government relax the ban, on the basis of religious freedom. This is problematic because of the widely acknowledge harm that it causes (see below resources for more information). The World Health Organization, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and the Canadian Paediatric Society (to name a few) all have said this is a harmful practice. But more that this, we want to make sure that our LGBTQ2S+ community knows that we support them and walk beside them.