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Legislation to ban conversion therapy welcomed by LIV

Legislation to ban conversion therapy welcomed by LIV

By LIV Media

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Legislation to ban harmful conversion practices should pass parliament to support LGBT people, denounce the practices and support survivors and their recovery, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.

LIV President Sam Pandya said the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 provided both criminal penalties and a civil response scheme to ensure claims of change or suppression practices are dealt with.

“Prohibiting these practices, and introducing penalties, is important in ensuring LGBT Victorians are safe within our community,” Mr Pandya said.

The Bill makes it an offence for a person to intentionally engage in a change or suppression practice (or practices) directed towards another person that cause serious injury.

Change or suppression practices refer to a practice or conduct directed towards a person for the purpose of changing or supressing their gender identity or sexual orientation.

The LIV welcomes the educative, restorative and investigative functions and powers given to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) to respond to individuals affected by change and suppression practices. The LIV urges the government to ensure that appropriate resources are given to VEOHRC to effectively investigate systemic and serious practices.

The LIV welcomes the anti-discrimination protections included in the Bill through amending the definitions of, “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” to be more under the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).  The addition of “sex characteristics” as a protected attribute provides protection for intersex Victorians.

The LIV believes that equality is paramount in our legal frameworks and the Bill provides this for LGBT Victorians.  

 

 

Contact: Kerry O’Shea, Head of Public Affairs M: 0408 727 279 or Amanda Rajendra, Media & Communications Officer T: 03 9607 9597 E: media@liv.asn.au


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