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CANADA BANS LGBT CONVERSION THERAPY

CANADA BANS LGBT CONVERSION THERAPY

Context:

On January 08, 2022, the Canadian government officially adopted the ‘ban of Conversion therapy’ bill passed by the Canadian Parliament in December 2021.

Important Points:

  • With the ban on conversion therapy, Canada has joined a select list of countries that have stopped unauthorized treatment claiming to be able to change a person's identity or gender preferences.
  • The bill has made "providing, promoting, or advertising the conversion therapy" a criminal offence. It will now be illegal to advertise, promote, gain, or incorporate someone abusive or hateful because LGBTQ2 rights are human rights.

What is LGBTQ2?

  • The Canadian government uses the LGBTQ2 abbreviation. "2" to refer to males and females.
  • LGBTQ2 is a cultural identity that Indigenous peoples use to express one's identity, sexual orientation, or spiritual identity, including male and female spirits.

What are the provisions of the new law?

  • Under the new law, the country discontinued the discredited treatment that claims to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • If a person is found to be advertising or making a profit from the practice, they will be imprisoned for two years.

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