Thursday, June 4, 2015

Ontario bans 'conversion therapy’ for LGBTQ children

NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo, who sponsored the bill.
Bravo to Ontario legislators who today unanimously passed Bill 77 (Affirming Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Act), a private member's bill.

The landmark law bans so-called “conversion therapy” on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender children and prevents medical practitioners from billing OHIP for it for adults.

No longer will misguided Ontario parents be able to force their LGBTQ children into this horrible non-treatment, which many have described as abusive and greatly damaging to the individuals in question.

This is a good day for Ontario!  (I wrongly posted yesterday Ontario was the first province in Canada to do this, believing the Toronto Star's reporting.  In fact, Manitoba passed a similar law in May.)  

Let's hope other provinces follow suit soon. 

1 comment:

Ron Waller said...

If Canada was a real democracy, where a majority of voters is represented in government, the Liberals would've needed NDP support for this, which they certainly would've received. As for the privatization of Hydro One, that would've been a different story...

So do we really need "strong" Liberal and Conservative First-Past-the-Post dictatorships, with no checks or balances in place, when doing the right thing is rarely opposed by a majority? Wouldn't democracy be better, which would stop politicians with absolute corrupt power from doing the wrong thing, as they so often do?