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In Support of Bill C-6

posted by KWCS Staff

This week, we wrote a letter to MP Bardish Chagger in support of Bill C-6.

 

KW Counselling Services applauds the decision by the federal government to introduce Bill C-6, An Act to amend the Criminal Code that would prohibit conversion therapy nationwide.

As you know, since 2005 we have been providing specialized mental health services to LGBTQ2+ youth and their families through our OK2BME program. We provide counselling services at no cost, social and leadership youth groups, and public education and consultation on LGBTQ2+ issues.

In our work, we have seen firsthand the damage that “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy” can do. We have worked with clients who have been traumatized by practices designed to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, or to repress a person’s non-heterosexual attraction or sexual behaviour.

KW Counselling Services categorically denounces such practices, and wholeheartedly agrees with the introduction of legislation to ban them as criminal. Thank you for advocating for the safety of LGBTQ2+ people in Canada.