A brief submitted to the Standing Committee on Health (HESA) for the Committee’s study of LGBTQ2 Health in Canada.
Sexual orientation and gender identity change efforts (SOGICE) , are pseudo-scientific practices intended to change, repair, convert, or otherwise suppress unwanted feelings or expressions of sexual attraction to members of the same gender or unwanted feelings or expressions of incongruence between one’s biological sex assigned at birth and gender identity. SOGICE are not only ineffective at changing sexual orientation and gender identity but are associated with numerous psychological harms, including poor self-esteem, self-hatred, depression, anxiety, problematic substance use, and suicide ideation and attempts. For this reason, SOGICE have been unequivocally denounced by numerous health professional bodies nationally and internationally. Despite these denouncements, SOGICE continue in Canada today.