Tasmania Law Reform Institute Inquiry into Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conversion Practices

Tasmania Law Reform Institute Inquiry into Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conversion Practices

Conversion practices are clearly a breach of the fundamental human rights and the dignity of LGBTQA+ individuals. The practices are based on outdated assumptions, are ineffective, and can cause significant harm to individuals.

It is clear that legislation should be enacted in Tasmania which affirms LGBTQA+ identities, bans conversion practices for all and provides support to survivors. Doing so would ensure Tasmania meets its responsibility to ensure the safety, health, and wellbeing of its citizens and cement a culture of respect and acceptance for all Tasmanians.

TasCOSS recommends that:

  • All Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) conversion practices be banned, for adults as well as children, regardless of whether they are forced or not,
  • Any legislation banning SOGI conversion incorporate the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts (SOGICE) survivors and Brave Network recommendations for best practice legislation,
  • Any legislation contains a strong affirmation of all LGBTQA+ people and avoid any potential ambiguity around gender affirmation as a conversion practice
  • Any legislation includes provision of assistance to survivors to access the supports they require; and
  • A ban be accompanied by a community education campaign which affirms LGBTQA+ people and highlights the harms and false claims of conversion practitioners.