Conversion therapy must be banned for youth says PC leader

July 18, 2018 at 10:34 am

Progressive Conservative leader Karla MacFarlane says Nova Scotia’s LGBTQ2 youth must be protected from harmful conversion therapies.

Today, the PC leader has launched a petition which calls on all members of the House of Assembly to come together and ban conversion therapy for youth in Nova Scotia. MacFarlane says the official opposition will bring a bill forward in the fall session, and are ready to work with all parties to pass a ban into law.

“Our children and youth need love and acceptance, not harmful conversion therapies that only serve to hurt them for years to come,” says MacFarlane. “Our LGBTQ2 youth deserve to live in a province that protects them and today we want to send that message.”

The Canadian Psychiatric Society opposes the use of these treatment programs and medical and mental health professionals have been crystal clear: sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is not a mental health issue.

Conversion therapy has been linked to depression and suicide in LGBTQ2 youth. MacFarlane says she will not stay silent while children suffer.

“Let me be very clear. There is nothing broken here that needs to be fixed,” says MacFarlane. “Nova Scotia has the opportunity to say loud and proud that we are a province ready to protect our LGBTQ2 youth and we will not stand idly by while shame, guilt and self hatred is cultivated by these so called therapies. Enough is enough. We must ban youth conversion therapy immediately.”