There has been an opinion piece by Eddie Clark arguing Parents won’t be caught up in the poorly thought out Gay Conversion Therapy law.
Eddie is wrong.
Now I love the Rainbow Community, want to see them prosper and want their best interests advanced, however I see the Gay Conversion Therapy Law as a knee jerk reaction from a Government desperate to gloss over their failures in mental health, poverty and housing.
Most of the population thought this law would be about stopping nutty Christians from performing exorcisms to pray the gay ghosts away and on that front we can all agree but it’s quickly become apparent that this isn’t just about praying the gay ghosts away and could easily extend to parents who don’t give permission to allow their children to start puberty blockers.
Eddie’s review of the law is heavily invested in simply interpreting it from the exorcism point of view and only touches upon puberty blockers from an incredibly simplistic position.
Eddie claims if you talk to your child about not taking puberty blockers that doesn’t represent a systematic repression of identity which is fine, BUT if a parent DOES refuse consent, IT WOULD represent a systematic repression of identity which is exactly what the Regulatory Impact Statement from the Ministry of Justice warns about…
“conversion practices are attempts to change or suppress sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression”. They are defined as practices directed towards another person “based on that person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, and are performed with the intention, or purported intention, of changing or suppressing the person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression”.
family interactions would also be captured if they meet the definition of conversion practices”.
“It would be a criminal offence for parents, or other members of a family, to attempt to change or suppress the sexual orientation, gender identity or expression of children within the family.”
…again, I love the Rainbow Community, want to see them prosper and want their best interests advanced, however locking up parents for 3 years because they don’t want to agree to puberty blockers is an insanely puritanical option!
Let’s not forget that the Ministry of Health in 2018 recommended that we DO NOT criminalize Gay Conversion Therapy, something almost everyone supporting this conveniently ignores. They argued education was a far better option.
Official Information Act requests show that in 2018, Associate Minister of Health and Green MP Julie Anne Genter was advised by the Ministry of Health:
“Due to the current protections that are in place, and the need to balance the rights of people with preventing harm, it is not recommended that a legislative ban of conversion therapy would be the most effective way to reduce the harm it causes…”
The ministerial advice also notes that people have the freedom to willingly engage in the practice, that protections already exist in the health sector, and that a ban “could be inconsistent” with the NZ Bill of Rights Act 1990 “which provides for rights of assembly, free speech and rights to freedom of religion”.
We on the Left go on and on and on and on about how counter productive and damaging prison is, yet the second it’s an issue we feel passionate about like Transphobia we suddenly become a Caligula revenge fantasy.
Again, love Rainbow Community, prosper, interests advanced but I was lukewarm about throwing Christians in prison for 5 years for Gay Conversion and I’m really tepid on throwing Parents in prison for not agreeing to puberty blockers.
This is Labour Party MP Marja Lubeck who commented on the Daily Blog last week accusing me of misinformation me for crimes against Woke dogma…
This seems an ill informed post. Really needs to speak with survivors and try to at least get a glimpse of what it’s like for them. It’s not possible to understand what it’s like when you’re standing on the sidelines using your imagination informed by your own experience which didn’t include discrimination, marginalisation, exclusion, ridicule, harassment etc because of who you are, because of your sexual orientation or gender diversity.
So much misinformation.
Fact check: the bill has a high threshold. It explicitly excludes “providing acceptance, support, or understanding of an individual; or facilitating an individual’s coping skills, development, or identity exploration, or facilitating social support for the individual”. Good parenting surely includes “providing understanding, facilitating identity exploration”.
The bill also requires actions to “cause harm or serious harm”. It requires approval of the attorney-general before a case makes it to court. It must be “performed with the intention of changing or suppressing their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression”.
…claiming that you need the Attorney-General to sign off on any Gay Conversion prosecution isn’t a safety valve!
Look, this is either a feel good woke virtue signal that you never intend to actually use – hence the AG sign off, or even more horrifically, Labour and the Greens are actually saying these will become political prosecutions where the Police and the Crown are sidelined in the pursuit of law by a politicized Attorney-General.
Which one is it? Woke virtue signal no one will use or politicized prosecutions?
We currently allow young women to have abortions without parental consent, maybe we could extend that to Puberty Blockers so that we don’t get into situations where parents can be arrested for refusing consent?
I love the Rainbow Community but I also love not putting people needlessly into the hell hole of prison for crimes that Labour and the Greens can’t even quantify.
In a rational world I’m sure we could find a work around, but this is woke world now and anyone suggesting that imprisoning someone for breaching woke dogma immediately themselves becomes a target for a lynching.
Meanwhile 190000 kids are in poverty, 4000 in motels, 22512 are on emergency housing wait lists, generations are locked out of homeownership and the planet is burning.
But sure, let’s spend legislative time on this instead.
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