Ban Conversion Practices in Tasmania

***This petition closed at 5:30pm, Jan 28, 2021 at a total of 608 signatures***Ban Conversion Practices in Tas

To the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute

We want to see LGBTQ+ conversion practices made unlawful in Tasmania because:

  • Conversion practices continue to occur in Tasmania
  • These practices create profound distress, trauma and harm to those they are inflicted on, and have resulted in self-loathing, self-harm and suicide
  • A new law against conversion practices will have a positive impact on preventing these practices and the ideology behind them

Particularly:

  • We want Tasmanian law to have a broad definition of conversion practices
  • It should take in all efforts to change, suppress or eradicate the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTIQ+ people, based on the false, misleading and pseudo-scientific claims that LGBTIQ+ people are “broken” and can be “fixed”. It should include all formal and informal settings where such efforts occur and all promotion of such efforts
  • We believe a new, stand-alone law is required to send the strongest possible message against conversion practices
  • We believe conversion practices should be indictable criminal offences given the harm they cause
  • We believe it is not possible to consent to conversion practices because they are promoted using false and misleading claims
  • We believe institutions that fail to prevent conversion practices against their members should also be held accountable under the law in much the same way that institutions are held accountable for sexual abuse of people in their care
  • We believe a law against conversion practices will not infringe religious freedom, freedom of speech or parental rights because religious and theological statements are not targeted by the proposed legislation
  • Instead, the legislation will balance freedom of speech and religion, and parental rights, with the right of vulnerable LGBTIQ+ people to be free from premeditated harm
  • A new law against conversion practices should affirm and uphold the human rights of trans and gender diverse Tasmanians, and make it clear that gender affirmation is not a form of conversion practice
  • We believe there should be a redress scheme, funded by the Government and from perpetrator penalties, to help support survivors
  • We believe there must be adequately funded education programs to ensure the public understands the damage caused by conversion practices and to help ensure such practices no longer occur
  • We believe survivors speak with greatest authority when it comes to why a new law is needed and what form it should take and urge government and the community to heed their voices
  • We call on faith communities to speak out against conversion practices, especially those practices being perpetrated in the name of faith
  • We urge the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute to recommend a law that will ensure conversion practices no longer sully our state and that affirm LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians are valued members of our Island community

If you're a Tasmanian resident please ensure you add your address in the petition so we can tell the TLRI how many Tasmanians support banning conversion practices!

This petition is a joint initiative between just.equal and Equality Tasmania.

Who's signing

Barbara Gruner
Geoffrey Beck
Katherine Harris
Peta Buchanan
Ainstie Wagner
Meg Bignell
Pam Lane
Jethro Greyerbiehl
Demetra frangiouthakis
Mary Whatson
Mikaela Roberts-king
Anne Lucadou-Wells
poss reynolds
Peter Lane
Martin Crisp
Tammy Milne
Ross Lincol ne
Louise Molloy
Michael Stirling
Mark Newell
John Borojevic
Zoe Axton
Frank Croucher
Helen Fitzmaurice
Helen Ransom
Jenny Forward
Patricia Moran
Jason Mayne
Marion Artis
Lilith Cole
695 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Barbara Gruner
    signed 2021-02-07 15:29:38 +1100
  • Geoffrey Beck
    signed 2021-02-07 12:07:37 +1100
  • Katherine Harris
    signed via 2021-02-01 05:40:39 +1100
  • Peta Buchanan
    signed 2021-01-31 21:03:50 +1100
  • Ainstie Wagner
    signed via 2021-01-31 19:28:59 +1100
  • Meg Bignell
    signed via 2021-01-31 19:17:52 +1100
  • Pam Lane
    signed via 2021-01-31 17:22:42 +1100
  • Jethro Greyerbiehl
    signed 2021-01-31 13:12:42 +1100
  • Demetra frangiouthakis
    signed via 2021-01-31 09:44:47 +1100
  • Mary Whatson
    signed 2021-01-31 07:50:51 +1100
  • Mikaela Roberts-king
    signed via 2021-01-31 00:25:15 +1100
  • Anne Lucadou-Wells
    signed via 2021-01-30 18:43:17 +1100
  • poss reynolds
    signed via 2021-01-30 18:01:40 +1100
  • Peter Lane
    signed 2021-01-30 17:46:17 +1100
  • Martin Crisp
    signed via 2021-01-30 16:29:34 +1100
  • Tammy Milne
    signed 2021-01-30 16:01:03 +1100
  • Ross Lincol ne
    signed 2021-01-30 15:54:15 +1100
  • Louise Molloy
    signed 2021-01-30 12:19:45 +1100
  • Michael Stirling
    signed 2021-01-30 11:37:45 +1100
  • Mark Newell
    signed 2021-01-30 11:05:38 +1100
  • John Borojevic
    signed 2021-01-30 10:18:15 +1100
  • Zoe Axton
    signed 2021-01-30 09:55:00 +1100
  • Frank Croucher
    signed 2021-01-30 09:22:37 +1100
  • Helen Fitzmaurice
    signed 2021-01-30 08:55:35 +1100
  • Helen Ransom
    signed 2021-01-29 22:32:49 +1100
  • Jenny Forward
    signed 2021-01-29 21:55:15 +1100
  • Patricia Moran
    signed 2021-01-29 19:40:16 +1100
  • Jason Mayne
    signed via 2021-01-29 14:37:08 +1100
  • Marion Artis
    signed via 2021-01-29 14:30:04 +1100
  • Lilith Cole
    signed via 2021-01-29 14:15:22 +1100

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