Opinion

ACT's conversion therapy ban puts practitioners at risk

By Patrick Parkinson, Philip Morris
August 25 2020 - 6:30pm
The definition of a "conversion practice" under a new ACT government bill to ban sexual or gender identity conversion therapies is extraordinarily vague. Picture: Shutterstock

The Sexuality and Gender Identity Conversion Practices Bill, introduced into the ACT Assembly a couple of weeks ago, has become embroiled in controversy. It arises out of lobbying by members of the LGBT community to ban "conversion therapy", in the context of past practices seeking to change people's sexual orientation. However, the main controversy about the bill concerns its prohibition of what it describes as "gender identity conversion practices".

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