This week read about Canada putting the conversion therapy bill ban on hold, and hospitals offering "anti-gay" therapy to "alter" people's sexualities in East Africa.
Canada Puts LGBT Conversion Therapy Bill On Hold
After an attempt to recall the Senate during the summer to deal with the bill failed late Tuesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's vow to outlaw LGBT conversion therapy has been postponed until at least September.
According to Reuters, a proposal by the government's representative to have extra sessions over the summer to deal with unfinished business, such as the conversion treatment law, was blocked.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on Wednesday that she was disappointed that the Senate failed to pass Bill C-6, which cleared the House of Commons 263 to 63 last week.
"Disappointed is too weak a word," Freeland said. "This is something that would really help Canadians and not doing it really hurts a lot of people."
East Africa Hospitals Offering Anti-Gay Counseling
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Hospitals and clinics across East Africa have given or supplied referrals for controversial "anti-gay" therapies to "alter" people's sexuality.
Being gay is "a trend" in Kenya, according to a counselor at an HIV clinic in Nairobi, stated OpenDemocracy, and some gay men are "lured" into homosexuality by others. She stated that it would take at least five counseling sessions to "alter" same-sex attraction.
“Whoever wants to quit homosexuality, we connect them [to external counselors],’’ said a receptionist at an HIV clinic in Kampala, Uganda, to OpenDemocracy. Past counselors, she said, have included Solomon Male, a vocally anti-LGBT evangelical pastor.
Survivors of these practices in East Africa experienced long-term repercussions on their mental health, family relationships, and overall well-being. The majority of the time, it was their own family members who had signed them up for these "treatments."