Mark at Slap Upside the Head reports that Canada’s official opposition, the NDP, have made it a part of their platform to work to revoke the charitable status of any organization that collects money to fund harmful ex-gay / reparative therapies:
“… They take advantage of LGB people, often in vulnerable family situations or at grips with depression and self-hatred, and browbeat them—saying that LGB people never live happy lives, that we are unhealthy and unwhole, and that we never experience love and that the only hope lies in their therapies…”
He first wrote about Exodus Global Alliance’s status as a charitable organization in Canada in September of last year. To that end (and mentioned previously, but go there if you missed it), there is a Slap Upside the Head Action Page outlining how you can support this effort.
Slap Upside the Head was directly cited in departing LGBT issues co-chair Matthew McLaughlin’s speech, which is a testament to what blogging can do — although nobody’s done yet.
But I also need to remind people that while reparative therapies for gay and lesbian people have been discredited and condemned by the major medical bodies in North America, reparative therapies for transsexual and gender diverse people is still condoned in many parts of Canada. And for gender non-conforming youth — who might be gay, might be transsexual, might be questioning — reparative therapies are still completely sanctioned by our governments and our medical system in Ontario.
So I do encourage everyone to support the Slap Into Action campaign. But I also encourage people to voice issues with the ongoing practices of Dr. Kenneth Zucker, and the institutional endorsement of his techniques. We need to address both if we want to Slap reparative therapy where it counts.