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Claire

“Don’t ban the kinds of help that enabled me to be free, happy and well.” I grew up in a household that was in many ways …
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Carmel

“My dad told me that if I wanted his love, then I should become his little boy” When I was 8 years old, my dad told …
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Ian

“Those that are not comfortable with this should be free to get the help they need for themselves – as I was!” From when I can …
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Josh

“This same-sex attraction was unwanted and caused huge amounts of distress and mental anguish including suicidal thoughts.” I was born in Hamilton NZ, and at the …
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What does a Conversion Therapy ban really mean?


We agree – all New Zealanders should be protected from coercive, abusive or involuntary psychological or spiritual practices. However, participation in psychological assessments, counselling sessions, prayer meetings and other therapeutic practices is almost always an expression of voluntary behaviour and personal freedom. ‘Conversion therapy’ bans would prevent people from getting help to live the lifestyle they choose – if that lifestyle is heterosexual or based on their biological sex.

Banning practices which bring about positive change for people in pain, changes they genuinely desire for themselves, is the real crime.

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Your story


Have you benefited from counselling for unwanted sexuality and gender issues, and oppose a counselling ban that is being proposed in New Zealand. Tell us your story. (These could be provided anonymously).

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