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.
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 .
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.'
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.
LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing support service.
Free specialist LGBTIQA+ helpline providing information, support and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their family and friends during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Peer-driven support services for LGBTIQA+ people, their families, allies and communities from 10am – 6pm.
Support and advocacy group for LGBTIQA+ people of faith and allies.
LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships from 3pm – midnight.
24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
24-hour counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25 years.
24-hour help, support, referrals and counselling services for men.
Suicide Call Back Service
24-hour counselling for suicide prevention and mental health via telephone, online and video for anyone affected by suicidal thoughts.
24-hour information, advice and support for people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.
Information and support about mental health and wellbeing.
Information, support and resources about mental health issues for people under 25 years.
Reviewed 11 February 2021