BAN CONVERSION THERAPY IN NEW ZEALAND

BAN CONVERSION THERAPY IN NEW ZEALAND

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Conversion therapy is a dangerous and discredited practice that aims to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity to conform to identifying as straight and cisgender.

LGBT+ people, especially youth, are shamed for who they are and taught that their identity is a disease that needs to be 'cured'. These 'treatments' can even go so far as to include electro-convulsive therapy, or giving the person nausea-inducing drugs whilst forcing them to watch same-sex p*rnography to manipulate the person into associating their identity as LGBT+ with negative and traumatic experiences.

Conversion therapy is still legal in New Zealand. Despite over 20,000 signatures in petitions, and despite being aware of the damage that conversion therapy causes; the Justice Select Committee did not recommend a ban on conversion therapy in New Zealand in 2019. While Jacinda Ardern acknowledges that conversion therapy is a problem in NZ, she says that the Justice Select Committee needs to be, "keeping in mind that there will be those that perceive that it's a part of their freedom of expression within their religion." However, no matter your religion, physical and psychological torture because of someone's sexuality or gender identity is not okay.

Conversion therapy is invalidating, abusive, and worsens the self-hatred many LGBT+ people feel because of homophobia and transphobia. New Zealand already has some of the worst su*cide rates in the world, and with statistics such as that LGBT+ students are 5 times more likely to attempt su*cide in New Zealand, this needs to change.

TOGETHER, LET'S RAISE OUR VOICES AND SHOW THE NZ GOVERNMENT THAT CONVERSION THERAPY NEEDS TO BE BANNED.

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Sources:

  1. https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2019/10/jacinda-ardern-acknowledges-gay-conversion-therapy-is-religious-freedom-for-some.html
  2. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-involved/trevor-advocacy/50-bills-50-states/about-conversion-therapy/
  3. https://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1909/S00088/conversion-therapy-in-new-zealand.htm
  4. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/116717531/why-the-government-is-unlikely-to-ban-lgbt-conversion-therapy-anytime-soon