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Change or suppression (conversion) practices

LGBTIQ Victorians should live their lives authentically with pride and dignity. No Victorian should be subjected to harmful practices that seek to change or suppress their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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About the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act

The Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act 2021 has now commenced, and the Commission is able to receive reports, provide facilitation, deliver education, and undertake investigations under the law.

The Act is an important step towards preventing and responding to the serious damage and trauma caused by change or suppression practices. It makes clear that a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity are not broken and do not need to be fixed.

Key stats

At least one in 10

of LGBTQA+ Australians are vulnerable to religion-based pressures and attempts to change and suppress their sexuality and/or gender identity.

Healing Spiritual Harms (2021)

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