New Zealand law against LGBT conversion therapyDate: 02 August 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
The conversion therapy that aimed at ‘curing’ LGBT people from their perceived sexuality and gender preference has been repealed by New Zealand.
Some countries have a cure therapy that must be compulsorily taken by individuals who aim to change their gender or sexual preference.
Critics have been slamming the law as trying to suppress gender expression, sexual identity and gender identity of citizens. The law was a pre-poll promise by the ruling party.
The law promotes healthy discussion instead of therapies. It has been named the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill.
Bill’s salient features
Using conversion therapy on children and youngsters under the age of 18 will be punishable under the law. Imprisonment upto three years can be awarded.
Causing individuals serious harm by making them undergo conversion therapy will also be considered a crime under the law. The imprisonment extends to five years in this case.
Individuals can also file complaints in Human Rights Commission regarding conversion therapy. The complaints can be taken to the Human Rights Review Tribunal if it cannot be resolved.
It is a practice carried out by conservative and religious groups whose main aim is to change individual’s opinion about their sexuality and gender identity.
Its long term effects include anxiety, self-blame, sexual disinterest, social isolation, loneliness, homophobia, loss of social support etc.