Right in front of my salad

14
AUG

HOT TOPICS
maintaining friendships while dating

14
AUG

HOT TOPICS
Beauty won't be beat

11
AUG

BeLLINI 8 1/2
by Paul Bellini
Burner Workout

11
AUG

PUMPED
by Jay Quarmby
Gay is thicker than blood

10
AUG

BeLLINI 8 1/2
by Paul Bellini
Missing gay men or anti-Grindr campaign?

9
AUG

HOT TOPICS
This land is my land, this land is your land

6
AUG

BeLLINI 8 1/2
by Paul Bellini
Three Ring Circus

05
AUG

WE RECCOMEND
Erased

5
AUG

416 SCENE
by Drew Rowsome
Daniel James in TO

3
AUG

RAY'S ANATOMY
by Raymond Helkio
Charlie Hides @ buddies

2
AUG

RAY'S ANATOMY
by Raymond Helkio
In A Heartbeat

1
AUG

RAY'S ANATOMY
by Raymond Helkio
Robert Persichini is a marvellous Malvolio

1
AUG

BeLLINI 8 1/2
by Paul Bellini
Pearle Harbour's Chautauqua

28
JUL

MGT STAGE
by Drew Rowsome
Gucci and Beyond: nerds go haute couture

28
JUL

HOT TOPICS
Permanence: the art of a sexual/emotional relationship

28
JUL

MGT STAGE
by Drew Rowsome
MGT Exclusive: Quanah Style's

28
JUL

RAY'S ANATOMY
by Raymond Helkio
Insomniac City

26
JUL

WE RECCOMEND
Vaginas Are Important!

23
JUL

HOT TOPICS
Flooded: setting sail for theatrical adventure

20
JUL

416 SCENE
by Drew Rowsome
King Lear

19
JUL

MGT STAGE
by Drew Rowsome
MGT Daily Events
MGT Hot Events
MGT List Your Event
My Gay Toronto - Ray's Anatomy

The Trump Effect: Conversion Therapy's Resurgence

by RAYMOND HELKIO

With Donald Trump at the helm, we're seeing a greater than usual concentration of Republican inspired behaviour including a renewed interest in converstion therapy as a tool for 'fixing' LGBTQ people. 

photo: VICE, Gay Conversion Therapy
Despite advancements like Toby's Law, conversion therapy in Canada is not yet banned at a Federal level and many ex-gay organizations and groups who endorse conversion/reparative therapy continue to operate as registered charities. Some provinces have made gestures or passed laws to make conversion therapy illegal for sexual orientation and gender identity including Ontario and Manitoba. 

But it's not banned in Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, NWT, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. And sitting on the fence we have BC, Nanavut, PEI, Quebec and Yukon Territory. 

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario, conversion therapy is linked to depression and suicide within a population that is already vulnerable. LGBTQ youth face 14 times the risk of suicide and substance abuse than their heterosexual peers.

And while Ontario banned the practice in 2015 deeming it ineffective and harmful, many still exist AND because they are faith-based organizations, they are registered charities with the Canada Revenue Agency. Which means your tax dollars reimburse their donors.

Here in Canada, there are several organizations that counsel, minister or offer an intensive course to people with same-sex attractions, including the international organization Exodus Global Alliance which incidentally has a branch in Ajax, Ontario. 

Then there's Vancouver's Journey Canada which offers courses in Calgary, Cambridge, Charlottetown, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Peterborough, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. According to their mission "Journey Canada exists to help people find hope and live life through experiencing Jesus in their relationships, sexuality and identity" which quite frankly sounds like the creepiest threesome ever! 

If you don't think that's enough to worry about, consider that in their recent annual report they have an annual revenue stream of over $825,000 with 46% of that going towards what they call "Discipling and Supporting Individuals." http://www.journeycanada.org/who-we-are/

As we move further into Trumpland, let's remember there is a ripple effect and so we need to stand against these newly re-bloomed pimples. If you think I should do a follow-up story with Journey Canada or anything else you've heard today, please leave me a comment in the section below. This is Raymond Helkio for My Gay Toronto. 

 

16