ARPA Canada has shared concerns about the implications of Canadian Federal Bill C-6 – An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Conversion Therapy), which is currently being debated in parliament.
A major flaw of conversion therapy bans is that they lump together body-affirming counselling with other out-dated, harmful forms of conversion therapy.
ARPA staff have been holding meetings with MPs from all parties, but we need your help to let MPs know of our concerns.
What can you do?
We have these ready-made forms for you to put together a hand written note and mail in to the House of Commons. You can just drop it into any envelope with the same address as what is on this form, and mail it without postage.
Don’t know what to say?
Well we have a one-page talking point document that you can use for reference. Make it one paragraph or fill multiple pages. It is up to you! Why handwritten notes? Well MPs get email quite a lot, and when they get a handwritten letter from a constituent like you it really gets their attention!
What else can we do?
Write your MP: Take fifteen minutes to write an EasyMail to your MP. Conversion therapy is not a topic that most MPs know a lot about, so your communication with them on this topic can be especially effective. This is just as important if your MP is a Liberal or New Democrat. Ask your MP to clarify that pastoral counselling, parental conversations, and professional help to address gender dysphoria are not forms of conversion therapy.
Phone a member of the Justice Committee: Ask the members to clarify that pastoral counselling, parental conversations, and professional help to address gender dysphoria are not forms of conversion therapy.
Where can I read more?
This article was published earlier on the subject of Bill C-6.
Director of Law and Policy André Schutten and José Ruba from Faith Beyond Belief present to the House of Commons Justice Committee on the conversion therapy ban legislation Bill C6. You can watch the full presentation here.