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New Zealand law against LGBT conversion therapy

Date: 02 August 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

The conversion therapy that aimed at ‘curing’ LGBT people from their perceived sexuality and gender preference has been repealed by New Zealand.

 

Background

Some countries have a cure therapy that must be compulsorily taken by individuals who aim to change their gender or sexual preference.

 

Details

  • 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.

 

Conversion therapy

  • 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.