Call for ban on conversion therapy echoed at municipal level

Please find below an open letter, signed by candidates for Mayor, Council, and School Board, calling on the province of British Columbia to ban the practice of conversion therapy.

LETTER BELOW:

We, the undersigned candidates running for mayor council, and school board in the province of British Columbia, are deeply concerned by the remarks made by candidate Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson regarding conversion therapy, a practice that the World Psychiatric Association calls “wholly unethical.” We are calling on the province of BC to ban the practice of conversion therapy.

On October 12, 2018 in an article published online by Press Progress, Candidate Tyler Thompson called for a “rational conversation” on conversion therapy. Make no mistake, conversion therapy is mental torture, and has no place in BC. The province of BC had previously added Gender Identity and Expression to the BC Human Rights Code, and now has an opportunity to be a leader globally by banning this amoral and disgusting practice.

We look forward to a timely acknowledgement of this letter, and are ready and prepared to meet with representatives of the BC government to ensure that we move quickly to the banning of this practice.

Sincerely,

Kennedy Stewart, Candidate for Mayor, City of Vancouver

Lisa Helps, Candidate for Mayor, City of Victoria

Mariann Aalto, Candidate for Council, City of Victoria

Ryan Painter, Candidate for School Trustee, Greater Victoria School District

Rhiannon Bennett, Candidate for School Trustee, Delta

Isabella Lee, Candidate for Council, District of Oak Bay

Neil Poirier, Candidate for School Trustee, Sooke School District

Zac de Vries, Candidate for Council, District of Saanich

Rob Paynter, Candidate for School Trustee, Greater Victoria School District

Leah Main, Candidate for Council, Village of Silverton

Stuart Parker, Candidate for Council, City of Surrey (Proudly Surrey)

Morgane Oger, Candidate for School Trustee, Vancouver School Board

Nathan Diasley, Candidate for Council, Town of View Royal

 

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