Post submitted by Ashley Fowler, former HRC Global Coordinator

After undergoing substantial public scrutiny, the Toronto-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has suspended its "Gender Identity Services" until they can be officially reviewed.  

The dangerous and widely debunk service, also known as “conversion” therapy,  is designed to prevent individuals from identifying as LGBT. Rejected by every major medical group in the U.S. for decades, “conversion” therapy is based on false concept that being LGBT is a mental illness that needs to be cured.

CAMH’s "Gender Identity Services" came under review several months ago, when the transgender community publicly criticized CAMH for not being “respectful” of patients’ gender identities. No new patients will be admitted into the program until after the review is complete. 

Dr. Kenneth Zucker, the doctor who is in charge of the youth "Gender Identity Service," is highly criticized for his alleged reparative therapy practices. Zucker encouraged parents to limit their children’s cross-gender behavior. He explained in an interview with the National Post that by doing so, parents “are lowering the odds” of their children becoming transgender.

In the United States, California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia have laws protecting young people under age 18 from this harmful practice; and numerous states are currently considering similar legislation.

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