A "world-leading" bill that will ban gay conversion therapy has just been passed in parliament in Australia, and it's solicited some strong reactions - with many saying the same thing.
This is the change that is so desperately needed...
Because this kind of barbaric practice has been going on for way too long.
Now, conversion therapy has plagued our Earth for decades.
Originating back to the early Freudian period, conversion therapists believe that homosexuality can sometimes be removed through various hypnotic, psychological, and religious methods.
This "therapy" spins a dangerous lie.
via: GettySome right-wing religious groups promote the concept that an individual can change their sexual orientation or gender identity, either through prayer or other religious efforts or through the so-called "reparative" or "conversion" therapy.
The techniques implemented by these so-called therapists are incredibly harmful.
Conversion therapists have been known in the past to use a variety of shaming, emotionally traumatic, or physically painful stimuli to make their victims associate those stimuli with their LGBTQ+ identities.
And just their existence alone can still be harmful to LGBTQ+ youths.
via: GettyConversion therapy amplifies the shame and stigma that so many LGBTQ young people already experience in their day-to-day lives. And, by sending a child to conversion therapy, parents and guardians will be instilling feelings of family rejection and disappointment, which ultimately risk seriously fracturing their relationship with their child.
These conversion therapists hold the firm belief that being LGBTQ+ is a mental illness...
Despite the fact that all major medical associations share an agreement that LGBTQ+ identities are a normal variant of human nature.
And, to top it off, the American Psychiatric Association actually determined that homosexuality was not a mental illness back in 1973.
Yet, even in today's modern society, people are still at risk.
Though conversion therapy has gradually begun to die out as people become more awake to the facts, there are organizations out there that still practice the archaic method.
According to a 2018 report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, an estimated 20,000 LGBTQ+ minors in states without protections were subjected to conversion therapy by a licensed healthcare professional just last year.
There are still many ministries that practice the "therapy."
Despite a number of different states banning the practice altogether, there are still a staggering number of conversion therapies being inflicted upon young LGBTQ+ people today.
But it seems that Australia has decided to put a stop to conversion therapy, once and for all...
And people have been expressing not only their joy over the ban but also their shock over how such a practice has still been going on.
The Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill passed the Legislative Council in Melbourne 29-9 on Thursday following a lengthy debate.
Thank you to cross benchers @RodBarton4, @SamanthaRatnam, and @FionaPattenMLC for dropping in to show their support of survivors and campaigners tuning into the Conversion Practices debate this evening. #EndConversion pic.twitter.com/z8cP94AkTL— Victorian Pride Lobby (@VicPrideLobby) February 4, 2021
The left-wing labor party had the support of crossbenchers Rod Barton from the Transport Matters Party, Andy Meddick from the Animal Justice Party, Reason Party MP Fiona Patten, and Samantha Ratnam of the Greens.
From now on, those found to have engaged in conversion practices that result in serious injury will face penalties of up to ten years in jail or up to $10,000 in fines.
In supporting the bill, Andy Meddick described himself as the proud father of 2 "perfect" transgender children.
"They do not need fixing. Nor do any other children or adults who do not fit an often religiously held belief that sexuality and gender are binary only."
Labor's Harriet Shing, the first openly lesbian member of Australia's Victorian Parliament, acknowledged conversion therapy victims and survivor groups who have advocated for the ban for many years.
"(Their experiences) have had the effect, directly or indirectly, of breaking them or of trying to break them,' she said, as per the Daily Mail.
This is the step in the right direction...
And let's hope that more countries will follow suit soon.
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