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Helping LGBT Individuals Change Is Not a Crime!

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Helping People Change

Dear Members of Parliament,

I am opposed to government efforts to criminalize all forms of so-called “conversion therapy” in Bill C-6 (formerly Bills C-8 and S-202). This Bill includes an outrageous ban on change therapy, counselling, advice, and prayer for those who no longer wish to identify as LGBT.

It is wrong to deny same-sex attracted and gender-confused people the option of pursuing change in their orientation, identity, or behaviours, if they so choose. If a person is experiencing unwanted same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria, he/she should have the freedom to seek medical, psychological, or spiritual counsel and/or treatment in order to obtain personal healing and wellness.

Studies prove that change is not only possible, but also very natural among people who identify as LGBT. “Of the 7.5% of men and 8.7% of women who chose a nonheterosexual descriptor at ages 18 to 21, 43% of the men and 46% of the women chose a different category by age 23. Among the same-sex-attracted youth who changed, 57% of the men’s changes and 62% of the women’s changes involved switching to completely heterosexual.” (Diamond and Rosky, “Scrutinizing Immutability: Research on Sexual Orientation and U.S. Legal Advocacy for Sexual Minorities,” The Journal of Sex Research 53).

People who identify as LGBT have the right to change, if they are so inclined. They should not be denied access to those who are willing, qualified, and trained to help them.

A ban on so-called “conversion therapy” represents a dangerous and unprecedented political intrusion into matters related to science, medicine, health, spirituality, and personal autonomy. The government has no business telling people who want to experience change that they are not allowed to do so. The government has no business telling qualified doctors and psychologists that they cannot help their patients. The government has no business telling churches and spiritual counsellors that they cannot help their adherents.

According to Kristopher Wells, a professor at MacEwan University, who has advised the government on banning so-called “conversion therapy”, “The ultimate goal is to ensure that conversion therapy is put into the Criminal Code of Canada, so no matter where you practise it, and if you are practising it, whether that’s in a basement or in a church, you’re going to go to jail because of this.”

I do not believe anyone should go to jail for helping someone overcome unwanted same-sex attractions or gender dysphoria. It is absurd and totalitarian for any government to attempt to do so. It is also a violation of the fundamental human rights of those who want to change.

Sincerely,

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To see how this law would harm Canadians, watch these personal testimonies of two former transgenders and two former homosexuals. These individuals were helped to achieve happiness and wholeness by the type of pastoral counselling and biblical teaching that Bill C-6 disengenuously defines as "conversion therapy":

Change Testimonies: Robert Wenman | Kathy Duncan | Keith Alexander | Wilna Van Beek

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Ed N. Portugal Cove-St. Philips, NL
Oct 6, 2021 - 07:36am
Catherine W. Edmonton, AB
Sep 24, 2021 - 01:33pm
Robert C. St. Catharines, ON
Sep 7, 2021 - 09:21am
Anonymous St. Catharines, ON
Sep 2, 2021 - 11:22am
Anonymous Ottawa, ON
Aug 9, 2021 - 03:35pm
I work in GoC; Bill C-6 will restrict Canadian's capacity to discuss important personal issues without government interference. This bill runs aground of our Charter Rights and Freedoms by removing any person's right to discuss these issues with trusted family/mentors/counsellors as they see fit. Bill C-6 is totalitarian policy.
Anonymous SWAN RIVER, MB
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