The Anti-Conversion Therapy Coalition campaign has launched today on the 13th of April. The campaign is an all-island, cross-party campaign, comprised of youths, who are determined to ban the practice of conversion therapy North and South.
Conversion therapy refers to any form of treatment proposed to change a person’s sexual orientation or to suppress a person’s gender identity. These therapies are unethical and harmful and considered child abuse. This practice still goes on today in Ireland, despite progressive change to make Ireland more LGBTQ+ friendly.
Only Brazil, Ecuador, Malta and Germany have nationwide bans on the practice of conversion therapy, with regional laws in place preventing it, in the USA, Spain, Canada and Australia.
The chairperson of the campaign, Mr Aaron Grant (Non-party), said “we’re coming together to highlight this unethical practice needs to end in Ireland… this isn’t an ideological issue, it’s about doing what’s right”.
Banning conversion therapy is in the programme for government and it is the aim of the Anti-Conversion Therapy Coalition to support the Prohibition of Conversion Therapies Bill 2018, sponsored by Sinn Féin Senator, Fintan Warfield.
This legislation seeks to “prohibit conversion therapy, as a deceptive and harmful act or practice against a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and, or gender expression”.
The first task of the campaign is to gather support to ban conversion therapy in Northern Ireland’s Stormont.
This campaign is supported by Ógra Fianna Fáil’s president, Bryan Mallon, who is from Julianstown. The Meath West Social Democrats branch have also voiced their support for the campaign. Banning conversion therapy is written in the Social Democrat’s general election manifesto. Ógra Shinn Féin an Mhí, are delighted that Senator Warfield’s bill is getting support and plan to help out with the campaign.
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