Submission on Proposed Calgary Bylaw Banning Conversion Therapy

19 May 2020
A Calgary City Council committee held hearings on a proposed bylaw to ban conversion therapy in May 2020. The EFC’s written submission to the committee noted that “coercive and involuntary efforts to change sexual orientation have no place in our communities” but expressed concern that the bylaw’s definition of conversion therapy is so broadly worded that it infringes on freedom of expression.
The EFC urged the committee to amend the definition of conversion therapy and to clarify that the bylaw does not capture religious instruction, parental guidance and supportive services for individuals wishing to order their sexual lives in accordance with their religious conscience, faith identity and personal convictions.

Download the pdf of the EFC’s submission. (Skyline photo courtesy Wikipedia.)

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