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e-3220 (Justice)

Initiated by Chad Houghton from Cobourg, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Conversion therapy has historically referred to coercive, degrading actions that seek to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity which are wrong and should be banned;
  • Bill C-6 defines conversion therapy as "a practice, treatment or service designed to change a person's sexual orientation to heterosexual, to change a person's gender identity or gender expression to cisgender or to repress or reduce non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour or non-cisgender gender expression";
  • This broad definition wrongly applies the label "conversion therapy" to a broad range of practices, including counsel from parents, teachers, and counsellors encouraging children to reduce sexual behaviour; and
  • Bill C-6 expressly allows counselling, medical, and surgical efforts to change a child's gender, but prohibits support for a child seeking to de-transition to his or her birth (cis) gender;
We, the undersigned, residents of Northumberland County, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Ban coercive, degrading practices that are designed to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity;
2. Amend Bill C-6 to fix the definition of conversion therapy by adding the following to Section 320.101 "c) to the expression of views on sexual orientation, sexual feelings or gender identity, such as where teachers, school counsellors, pastoral counsellors, faith leaders, doctors, mental health professionals, friends or family members provide support to persons struggling with their sexual orientation, sexual feelings or gender identity, thus banning Conversion Therapy without banning voluntary counselling or criminalizing conversations"; and
3. Allow parents to speak with their own children about sexuality and gender, and to set house rules about sex and relationships.
Open for signature
April 29, 2021, at 7:07 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 29, 2021, at 7:07 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Philip Lawrence
Northumberland—Peterborough South
Conservative Caucus