Conversion therapy ban not enough to stop it
Albertans who have done conversion therapy say it was ‘damaging’ and ‘humiliating’
CALGARY—WESLEY Jensen says the four years following his conversion therapy were the lowest point of his life.
After several sessions with a Mormon church-sponsored counsellor in southern Alberta, Jensen dated women and did everything he could to be “straight” in his early adult years.
He became intensely depressed and borderline suicidal, and started taking antidepressants and anxiety medication.
“I always felt like there was something wrong with me,” Jensen said. “I felt very depressed, very anxious, very upset with myself for not being able to be what my parents HARARE, ZIMBABWE—A headon collision between two buses has killed 47 people in Zimbabwe. Two buses going opposite directions collided near Rusape, about 170 kilometres east of the capital Harare on Wednesday evening, said police spokesman Paul Nyathi. There were 80 others admitted to hospital. and my religion told me I should be.”
Conversion therapy is a controversial pseudo-scientific practice adopted by some religions that aims to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay or bisexual to heterosexual. Men, women and children who have been subjected to it have called conversion therapy damaging, demeaning and insidious.
The Canadian Psychological Association and the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) oppose the practice, with CAP deputy registrar Troy Janzen saying scientific research “generally does not support that there is any efficacy in conversion or reparative therapy” and some cases have shown “negative outcomes.”
Head-on bus collision kills 47 in Zimbabwe
WASHINGTON—JUSTICE Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court was hospitalized Thursday morning with three broken ribs after falling in her office Wednesday evening, a spokeswoman said. Ginsburg, 85, went home after her fall, but experienced discomfort over the night. She was admitted to George Washington University Hospital.
Ginsburg, 85, hospitalized after fall