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20 Nov, 9 tweets, 3 min read
On Nov 20, 1989 the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. (Unlike the Yogyakarta Principles this is a binding convention.) Consider how gender ideology and its offshoots flout this Convention. /2 ohchr.org/en/professiona…
One principle running throughout the Convention is that children have a right to be raised by their parents and families. The state is to intervene only in cases of abuse or neglect or parental separation, and then only by due process of law. [Article 9] /3
Today "abuse and neglect" has been redefined to mean refusing to agree to dangerous experimental treatments, which will probably leave a child sterile, for a mental health condition which usually resolves without treatment. /4
Children have a right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion and states shall respect the right of parents or legal guardians to provide to provide direction to children in a manner consistent with the evolving capacity of the child. [Article 14] /5
Today programs like #SOGI123 indoctrinate children in a gender ideology which defies both sound science and most religions. Parents have to fight even to find out what their children are being taught. /6
Children have a right to engage in play and recreational activities. [Article 31] This right is being denied to girls by the elimination of sex segregated spaces to change and inclusion of male bodies in women's sport. /7
State parties shall take measures to prevent "the abduction of, the sale of, or the traffic in children for any purpose or in any form." [Article 35] Surrogacy is a clear violation of this principle. /8
I have no illusions about the effectiveness of the United Nations as a guardian of human rights, but the principles of the Convention are sound and if Canada claims to be a model for the world in these matters, it should follow them.

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14 Nov
🇨🇦 There are many parallels between Bill C-7 on MAID and #BillC6 on conversion therapy, which are both at the committee stage . /2
OPINION | Why new medical assistance in dying law should be sent back to the drawing board | CBC News cbc.ca/news/opinion/o…
Both deal with complex and emotionally charged issues. In both cases, the government consultation seems to have been only with activists on one side of the debate. In both cases the most visible opponents have been religious conservatives but opposition is in fact much broader /3
and includes both religious and secular concerns. One critical difference is that while the media is providing balanced reporting on Bill C-7 there is no such balance on Bill C-6. No Canadian media is covering the issues raised by Detrans Canada. /4
Read 8 tweets
10 Nov
The @MinJusticeEn has now published a Charter Statement on #billc6 to ban "conversion therapy." The level of analysis is embarrassingly low. Most of the paper simply summarizes various sections of the Charter that might be applicable. /2
There no attempt to analyze or provide a reasoned response to any of the objections to the bill that have been raised by various groups such as the @JCCFCanada
jccf.ca/published_repo… /3
The paper argues that because the bill applies only to a "practices, services or treatments" it therefore excludes "purely private discussions" with school counsellors, parents and faith leaders. The problem is that there is no clarity as to where a "private discussion" /4
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27 Oct
🇨🇦 #billc6 debate part 1. The transcript of yesterday's debate on conversion therapy legislation is now available online. I will review it and add comments to this thread throughout the day. The debate will resume this morning.
🇨🇦 #billc6 debate part 2. First up, an eloquent speech by @GarnettGenuis at around page 1910. He explains how the definition of conversion therapy is a major overreach and needs to be fixed. Unfortunately, he does not discuss therapy for gender dysphoria in detail.
#billc6 debate part 3. Comments by Conservative justice critic @RobMoore_CPC are also encouraging. He speaks about the need for the justice committee to hear from all stakeholders, including therapists dealing with gender dysphoria, to revise the definition in the bill.
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25 Oct
While the debate on #billc6 to ban conversion therapy is being presented as a fight for the LGBTQ community, many LGBT people, and lesbians in particular, have serious concerns about the legislation. @artymortyarty explains in this video. /2
This site, created by a group of LGBT people, explores the issue in more detail. The basic concern is that conversion therapy laws will lead many children who would otherwise grow up to be lesbian or gay to misdiagnosed as transgender. /3
This is an acute concern for the lesbian community. Young lesbians often do not fully realize their identity until they are in their 20s. By that time they may have had at least a double mastectomy. /4
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24 Oct
@DavidLametti @MinJusticeEn It sounds like your latest talking point on #Billc6 is that parents don't have to worry because the bill does not prohibit exploratory psychotherapy for gender dysphoria. The text of the bill does not support this. /2
The language of the bill is vague. @JamesCantorPhD describes the terminology as "incomprehensible" and is concerned that it will restrict therapists from helping patients become comfortable with their original gender . /3
The effects of the bill can be judged from the effects of existing conversion therapy bans. Parents are having difficulty finding therapists who will perform a proper mental health assessment before approving transition. /4
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15 Oct
🇨🇦 Getting needed changes to #BillC6 on conversion therapy is going to require an unlikely alliance. The only elected officials who are willing to criticize the bill are members of the social conservative wing of the Conservative party. They are a minority and need allies. /2
The potential allies are a diverse group I will loosely describe as "gender critical" whose main concern is the treatment of gender identity. This group includes doctors, psychologists, feminists, parents of dysphoric kids and de-transitioners. Many are LGB or LGB supporters. /3
In order to make this alliance work, both sides need to accept some hard facts. The social conservatives need to accept that therapy cannot change sexual orientation. Many gays and lesbians have suffered serious abuse at the hands of conservative religious leaders. /4
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