Nova Scotia's Liberal government to ban conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth

Nova Scotia has introduced a law that prohibits the use of conversion therapy with LGBTQ youth.

The bill to ban conversion therapy, which attempts to change people's sexual orientation, outlaws people "in positions of trust or authority" from attempting the practice for youth under 16.

The law emerged after a church group was pressured to cancel two speakers at a conference in Pugwash, N.S., in July, amidst concerns they promoted the practice for young people who would attend.

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protection Act introduced today will also prohibit health professionals from providing the practice or service to Nova Scotians under the age of 19.

In addition, the bill has provisions that would prohibit organizations that "provide or advocate" the use of the practice from receiving any public funds.

The Canadian Psychological Association has condemned conversion therapy, as has Nova Scotia's College of Physicians and Surgeons.