Harmful Practice of Conversion Therapy is Now Banned by Law in BC.

December 12, 2021

December 12, 2021 (VANCOUVER, BC) – Bill C-4, an amendment to the Criminal Code banning the abusive and harmful practice of conversion therapy, has now received Royal Assent, and the practice will become illegal across Canada, including in BC.

This is an enormous milestone in our history that abolishes a practice that for too long has subjected some of the most vulnerable members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community to long-lasting, often irreparable trauma.

QMUNITY wishes to recognize the extensive work of all those who have fought long and hard to reach this important and historic milestone for the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, protecting youth and communities across Canada and BC. This step is the result of the demanding effort of advocates, community organizations, and individual members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

“The passing of Bill C-4 is an important step towards ensuring the safety and lawful recognition of all queer, trans, and Two-Spirit members in our communities,” says Anoop Gill, Co-Executive Director at QMUNITY, BC’s Queer, Trans, and Two-Spirit Resource Centre.

Andrea Oakunsheyld, Vice-Chair of the QMUNITY Board of Directors, also shares her support for the new law. “I am heartened to know that conversion therapy will become illegal across Canada,” she says. “This is a hard-fought victory that many queer, trans, and two-spirit community members have worked toward, past and present, all of whom deserve to be honoured.” 

As we celebrate this milestone in the pursuit of human rights, it is important to also recognize that other forms of conversion “therapy” continue to exist in our communities and around the world. We continue to firmly oppose all forms of conversion “therapy.”

QMUNITY will continue to provide space for the most vulnerable 2SLGBTQIA+ community members to feel safe and heard in their experiences with various and intersecting systems of oppression and discrimination. 

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