Sexuality and Gender Identity Conversion Practices Bill 2020 The Legislative Assembly for the ACT
What is the ACT Government doing?
The ACT Government has introduced legislation that deeply affects those entrusted with the care of a child or a vulnerable person.
The legislation will make it an offence to provide any counselling or therapy having the purpose of changing or suppressing an individual’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
What is a sexual re-orientation practice?
It is a practice that attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation.
If the person is homosexually orientated, then it attempts to change them to be heterosexually orientated.
If the person is heterosexually orientated, then it attempts to change them to be homosexually orientated.
Are sexual re-orientation practices taking place?
No. These practices are rare.
So, is there a need for the legislation?
No, because a person’s sexual orientation is to be respected.
What is gender transitioning?
Gender transitioning can take different forms, but there are generally four steps that can be used to change a person’s sexual gender. The person can be a child or an adult.
Step One: Social Transitioning.
Step Two: Puberty Blockers
Step Three: Cross-sex Hormones
Step Four: Surgical Procedures
Can you explain the ‘Four Steps’ and their effects?
Step One: the person uses social (as opposed to medical) steps to change their gender, e.g. asking to be called a different name, wearing different clothes, etc. It ensures that the person is no longer referred to as ‘he’, but ‘she.’ Or is no longer referred to as ‘she,’ but ‘he.’
Step Two: hormones are taken to delay the onset of puberty, but puberty is often when feelings of gender dysphoria disappear. In addition, scientific research shows that such action damages the executive function of the brain.
Step Three: hormones of the desired sex are taken so that the child takes on the physical characteristics of the desired sex. Long-term effects on fertility are unclear and recent research has shown no mental health benefits to patients using these hormones.
Step Four: surgical procedures remove breasts; plastic surgery on genitalia. Recent research has shown no mental health benefits to these surgical procedures and that they may, in fact, increase the risk of mood and anxiety disorders.
If I have a simple conversation with my children, who are experiencing gender dysphoria, and counsel them to think carefully about gender transitioning, can I be charged with an offence?
Yes. You can be charged.
But if I am grandparent, guardian or teacher, surely I won’t be charged?
No. You can be charged and risk a fine of up to $24,000, 12 months imprisonment or both.
What if I am a social worker, counsellor, therapist?
Yes. You can be charged and risk a fine of up to $24,000, 12 months imprisonment or both.
So, the legislation will take away the rights and responsibilities of those who care for children and vulnerable people?
Yes. The ACT Government will be taking away your human rights.
But what about those who promote gender dysphoria to our young people in our schools and communities, will they be free to do so without it being an offence?
Yes. They will be free to promote their agenda, contrary to the wishes of the majority of the community, and especially parents.
But aren’t our children protected in so many ways because of their cognitive immaturity, lack of knowledge and life experience?
Yes. This is a good point.
For instance, children are not allowed to get a tattoo, purchase R rated material, buy cigarettes or alcohol, sign contracts, decide not to go to school, drive a car, gamble, be interviewed by police without an adult present, enter a sexual relationship, have elective surgery without adult consent.
Why is the ACT Government contradicting our laws and customs?
We don’t know, but there will be legal and financial implications because of its action.
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