Vancouver could become the first city in Canada to ban anti-LGBT conversion therapy


Ethan Reyes writes at Xtra:

The City of Vancouver will soon decide whether or not to ban anti-queer conversion therapy, as recommended by its LGBT advisory committee.

The recommendation strongly condemns “pseudoscientific practices” that attempt to ‘cure’ LGBT people, and cites a report from the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization that says such practices “lack medical justification and are ethically unacceptable” and “represent a severe threat to the health and human rights” of their subjects.

The findings of that 2012 report have been repeatedly supported by psychiatric and medical associations throughout Canada and the US.

Brooklyn Fowler, chair of the LGBT advisory committee’s subcommittee on conversion therapy, is confident council will adopt the recommendation.

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