Canadian citizens are getting behind two petitions to ban conversion therapy nationally. The petitions collectively have nearly 70,000 signatures.
It Gets Better Canada, a non-profit organization that benefits LGBT youth, is petitioning for the government to develop policies that prevent anyone from trying to convert a minor’s sexual orientation, or gender identity, according to BBC.
“It’s such a deep, deep transgression and violation of the gay person, the lesbian person, the trans person, it cuts to such a deep level physically and emotionally,” Peter Gajdics, an activist against conversion therapy, said, according to BBC.
Gajdics has been campaigning against conversion therapy for 20 years and is happy to see the topic finally coming to light, as it has been condemned and discredited by major medical associations and the World Health Organization.