Survivor Calls on New Zealand to Ban Conversion Therapy

Survivor Shaneel Lal calls on New Zealand to ban conversion therapy
Shaneel Lal

Conversion therapy survivor Shaneel Lal this week called on New Zealand to ban conversion therapy. He told New Zealand media that New Zealand has “become complacent” after enacting marriage equality. 

Lal is co-founder of New Zealand’s Conversion Therapy Action Group. He renewed his call for New Zealand to support a ban with the same passion that achieved prior victories of freedom and human rights.

“As politicians it is their duty to alleviate the collective suffering of their people. And by keeping this practice legal, they’re keeping torture legal,” Lal said. He added, “Things have changed and so should we.”

Born Perfect is a survivor-led program created by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) in 2014 to end conversion therapy by passing laws across the country that protect LGBTQ children and young people, fighting in courtrooms to ensure their safety, and raising awareness about the serious harms caused by these dangerous practices.

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