Sexual Politics

How Labor Will Impose the Queer Revolution

In December, the ALP voted on the national platform they will take to the federal election. Among a suite of policies to advance the cause of LGBT rights, it included a statement of strong opposition to the deplorable practice of “conversion therapy”. On the face of it, there should be nothing alarming in this. “Conversion therapy”, rightly understood, refers specifically to medically unethical treatments inflicted or facilitated on a person against their will, in the mistaken belief that this may “correct” a homosexual orientation. Such treatments contribute, unsurprisingly, to social stigma associated with homosexuality and to depression for the individual…

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