Canada bans conversion therapy, a practice Trudeau calls “despicable and degrading”
So-called conversion therapy is premised on the assumption that sexual orientation can be changed or “cured” – an idea discredited by major medical associations in the US, UK and elsewhere.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hailed Royal Assent, which is granted by the Governor General of Canada.
The statement asks forgiveness for the harm that certain religious teachings have caused to LGBTQ + people and calls on everyone to “celebrate inclusiveness and the extraordinary gift of our diversity.”
Malta – a small Mediterranean island nation with a population of just over 400,000 – made history by implementing a nationwide ban on conversion therapy in 2016.
And in May 2020, the German parliament approved a ban on conversion therapy for minors and for adults who have been forced, threatened or deceived to undergo the controversial treatment.
CNN’s Jack Guy, Rob Picheta and Kelly McCleary contributed to this report.