Transgender awareness growing in society, but science has yet to make more strides

It has been a tremendous month for transgender people across North America. On June 4th, just days after became the first transwoman to ever grace the cover of Vanity Fair magazine, here in Canada the revolutionary Bill 77 received unanimous support from every party in the legislative assembly.

The bill, introduced by New Democrat Party MPP Cheri DiNovo in March, bans conversion therapy, a practice aimed at changing the orientations of LGBT (an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities) individuals. It is the first law of its kind in North America to address gender conversion specifically.

This comes hot on the heels of controversy at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, responsible for the care and treatment of gender-nonconforming youth in Ontario and several other provinces as well. In February, CAMH responded to allegations of conversion therapy tactics being used in their own clinic, shutting down intake for new patients and announcing an in-depth six-month review on their practices.


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