Bill 77_petition 2015

To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS, in 2013 the Fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM- 5) removed transgender and gender non-conforming
identities from the mental disorders category. Since then, every major professional association in the US and Canada have condemned so-called conversion
therapy, some even going as far as to call it abusive,
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WHEREAS, Ontario needs greater protections for vulnerable LGBTQ youth.
WHEREAS, LGBTQ youth face 14 times the risk of suicide compared to their heterosexual peers and 77% of trans respondents in an Ontario-based survey had
seriously considered suicide with 45% having already attempted suicide. For LGBTQ youth with strong parental support, their risk for suicide dropped by 93%,
WHEREAS, Ontario’s Ministry of Health currently funds LGBTQ conversion therapy through OHIP,
THEREFORE WE, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as Follows: That the Ministry of Health immediately cease funding all known
forms of conversion therapy, and ban the practice for youth under 18.
Cheri DiNovo, MPP Parkdale-High Park
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