New research reinforces urgency to end conversion practices

New research from the University of Waikato showing a link between conversion practices and negative mental health for trans and non-binary people reinforces the urgent need to pass the Conversion Practices Prohibition Legislation Bill.

“Aotearoa should be a place where no matter who you love or how you identify, you are accepted. No one should be allowed to force people to change who they are,” says Green spokesperson for Rainbow Communities Dr Elizabeth Kerekere.

“This important research confirms that conversion practices are still happening. Not in the past, but right now.”

“Action is needed to prevent any harm caused by conversion practices wherever it occurs, including within health, religious, family and community settings,” says Dr Jaimie Veale, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Director of the Trans Health Research Lab at the University of Waikato.

“This research also highlights the importance of making sure trans and non-binary people have support networks in place. Suicide attempts doubled where there was unsupportive whānau. Those who has experienced family rejection were also more likely to say they had been exposed to conversion practices,” says Dr Kerekere.

“Many submitters to the Justice Select Committee noted concerns about their child coming out or wanting to transition. We support the statement by Senior Researcher, Jack Byrne, that “families and whānau need information and resources to feel confident to support their trans and non-binary family members.”

The Greens note this research coincides with the announcement that the 2023 Census will contain questions on sexuality, gender identity and diverse sex characteristics.

This will help provide important data that can be used to inform policy decisions and budget allocations. If the Government has the data then it can make sure services are directed where they need to be.

Work also continues on the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationship Registration Bill, which will allow trans, intersex and non-binary people to self-identify on their birth certificate.

ENDS

Latest Rainbow Issues Announcements

Story

Budget 2022: Greens MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere says wins for health not enough for Māori or Rainbow

Today Greens Te Mātāwaka Chair and Health Spokesperson, Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, said “The Greens have long campaigned for an independent Māori Healt...
Read More

Story

It’s time for a Ministry for Rainbow Communities, say Greens

The Green Party has launched a petition calling on the Government to create a Ministry for Rainbow Communities.
Read More

Story

Greens celebrate historic day for Rainbow communities

The Greens are celebrating conversion practices finally being banned in Aotearoa New Zealand, following the third reading of the Conversion Practic...
Read More

Story

Green Party celebrates gender self-ID legislation becoming law

The Green Party is celebrating the long-overdue gender self-ID legislation becoming law today.
Read More

Story

Green Party welcomes conversion therapy prohibition bill

The Green Party welcomes the announcement by Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi to introduce a bill to prohibit conversion therapy used against Rainbo...
Read More

Story

Greens call on Labour to urgently support Members Bill to protect the Human Rights of Rainbow communities

The Green Party spokesperson for Rainbow Communities Dr Elizabeth Kerekere is calling for the Labour Party to support her members bill to protect t...
Read More