As an LGBTQIA2S+ organization in Langley, we have received a number of questions in response to some troubling comments over the past week.
If you’re opposed to Conversion Therapy, but don’t like the current proposed ban under federal bill C-6, suggest something better.
If you’re opposed to Conversion Therapy, but worried the ban will illegalize other practices, suggest something better.
If you’re opposed to Conversion Therapy, but worried people won’t be able to seek help for their unwanted #LesbianActivity, are you really opposed to Conversion Therapy?
If you’re opposed to Conversion Therapy, but won’t speak to a survivor, are you really opposed to Conversion Therapy?
If you’re opposed to Conversion Therapy, but block everyone who tries to engage with you after troubling comments, are you really opposed to Conversion Therapy?
If you’re opposed to Conversion Therapy, but have yet to quote any of the statistics about how ineffective and troubling it is, are you opposed to Conversion Therapy?
If you’re opposed to Conversion Therapy, but only on the grounds trans people don’t receive gender affirming care, are you really opposed to Conversion Therapy?
So tell us. Are you really opposed to Conversion Therapy?
Friends.🖤There are issues that we pride ourselves on willing to have a conversation across both sides.
When it came to calling for the removal of signing the mandatory community covenant, we spoke with multiple people of a different view.
When it came to TWU’s failed attempt at the Supreme Court of Canada, we met daily with alumni, students, and others in the University who wanted to know about our position.
When it comes to how we believe TWU can do better — not at the expense of more socially conservative members, but in EQUAL treatment of everyone — we LOOK FORWARD to having that conversation.
Every time we have attempted to have an event on campus, we’ve had to have multiple meetings with members of Student Life and the administration where we’re tone-policed and asked to be more apologetic. And we put up with it because we believe having a conversation with “the other side” is worth it.
#ConversionTherapy does not have sides. It is an abhorrent practice and has been proven ineffective over and over again, even by former Conversion Therapy practitioners.
Ask yourselves, if there was a medication or treatment for anything else with the less than 5% efficacy that Conversion Therapy holds, would we be having a conversation about whether some people should access it? The answer is clearly no.
But for some reason those like Tamara Jansen, (the Langley MP who blocked us on Instagram no less than 30 seconds after posting) seem to want to stir a debate, where there isn’t one. If you support Conversion Therapy, that’s your morality on the line not ours. But don’t pretend to be against it, when you look for every loophole for it to exist.
To all survivors of Conversion Therapy in this community, and in the wider Langley community, and the young LGBTQIA2S+ students who are afraid to come out, we’re sorry you aren’t being represented.💔
We will always fight for you.🖤