Canada bans conversion therapy, a practice Trudeau calls ‘despicable and degrading’
So-called conversion therapies rely on the assumption that sexual orientation can be changed or “cured” — an idea discredited by major medical associations in the US, the UK and elsewhere.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hailed the Royal Assent, which is granted by the Governor General of Canada.
The declaration asked for forgiveness for the harm that some religious teachings have caused LGBTQ+ people and calls for everyone to “celebrate inclusivity and the extraordinary gift of our diversity.”
Malta — a tiny island nation in the Mediterranean with a population of just over 400,000 — made history by implementing a nationwide ban on conversion therapy in 2016.
And in May 2020, Germany’s parliament approved a ban on conversion therapies 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.