Sexual Politics

Conversion Therapy and Gender Dysphoric Children

Conversion therapy, the ALP and gender dysphoric children. IT APPEARED a victory for common sense when the federal Australian Labor Party retreated from its publicised aim of criminalising the practice of “conversion and reparative therapies on LGBTIQ+ people” at its National Conference in Adelaide last December. Instead, it was a victory of dialectical cunning: instead of wasting energies on pursuing criminal charges, abolition of so-called “conversion therapy” would be more easily attained by advance along the easier route of civil proceedings with their less rigorous burdens of proof. Louise Pratt, West Australian ALP Senator and leading Rainbow Labor figure, revealed…

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