Dec 8, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Canada bans LGBTQ conversion therapy


Justin Trudeau. Photo: Cole Burston/Getty Images

Canada approved legislation Wednesday banning conversion therapy practices throughout the country, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: The measure makes promoting and profiting off of conversion therapy a criminal offense, according to Canada's Justice Department. The bill also authorizes courts to order the removal of conversion therapy advertisements.

  • The legislation further prohibits removing individuals from Canada to subject them to conversion therapy abroad, per the department.
  • The text of the bill defines conversion therapy as any practice intended to "change an individual’s sexual orientation to heterosexual, change a person’s gender identity to cisgender or change their gender expression to conform to the sex assigned to the person at birth."

What they're saying: "Our government's legislation banning the despicable and degrading practice of conversion therapy has received Royal Assent," the prime minister wrote in a tweet.

  • "LGBTQ2 Canadians, we’ll always stand up for you and your rights," he added.
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