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Change or suppression practices

Information about the Victorian Government's response to change or suppression practices (also known as conversion practices).

Change or suppression practices (also known as conversion practices) are any practices directed at an individual that attempt to change or suppress a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

These are practices which have no basis in medicine; there is no evidence that sexual orientation or gender identity can be changed. Not only are these practices ineffective, they are deeply harmful and can cause long-term mental health issues and, in the most tragic of cases, suicide.

Resources

The Victorian Government has developed a fact sheet, in partnership with survivor groups and faith leaders, to inform the Victorian community about the impact and dangers of change and suppression practices. Find the LGBTQ+ Change and Suppression Practices Fact Sheet.

There is also a fact sheet available about the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020, which explains the legislation. Find the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Bill 2020 Fact Sheet.

Legislative reform

Legislation passed Parliament on 4 February banning practices that seek to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The laws aims to ensure that Victorians are able to live their lives authentically with pride, and make it clear an individual’s sexual orientation and gender identity are not 'broken' and do not need to be 'fixed.'

For more information, visit the Change or Suppression Practices – Legislative Ban page on Engage Victoria.

Support

If this page is upsetting or worrying, you can get help and support by contacting these organisations

Thorne Harbour Health

Victoria’s largest LGBTIQ health organisation serving the health needs of LGBTIQ communities to ensure all gender, sex, and sexually diverse individuals are treated with dignity and can participate fully in society.

Phone: 1800 134 840

Email: enquiries@thorneharbour.org

Queerspace

LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing support service.

Phone: 03 9663 6733

Email: enquiries@ds.org.au

Rainbow Door

Free specialist LGBTIQA+ helpline providing information, support and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their family and friends during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

Phone: 1800 729 367 or 0480 017 246 (SMS support)

Switchboard

Peer-driven support services for LGBTIQA+ people, their families, allies and communities from 10am – 6pm.

Phone: 1800 729 367

Email: support@rainbowdoor.org.au

Brave Network

Support and advocacy group for LGBTIQA+ people of faith and allies.

Visit: Brave Network website

QLife

LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships from 3pm – midnight.

Phone: 1800 184 527

Lifeline

24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Phone: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline

24-hour counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 years.

Phone: 1800 551 800

Email: counsellor@kidshelpline.com.au

MensLine Australia

24-hour help, support, referrals and counselling services for men.

Phone: 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service

24-hour counselling for suicide prevention and mental health via telephone, online and video for anyone affected by suicidal thoughts.

Phone: 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue

24-hour information, advice and support for people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.

Phone: 1300 224 636

Headspace

Information and support about mental health and wellbeing.

Phone: 1800 650 890

ReachOut

Information, support and resources about mental health issues for people under 25 years.

Visit: au.reachout.com

Reviewed 11 February 2021

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