Gay Conversion Therapy Roadshow Sparks Outrage in Albany, Western Australia

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02/16/2024

In the quiet streets of Albany, Western Australia, a storm brews, not of nature but of ideology. A recent event, dubbed the ‘Gay Conversion Therapy Roadshow,’ has ignited a fierce debate across the state and beyond. Organized by a local religious group, the roadshow’s aim to ‘convert’ gay individuals to heterosexuality has drawn the ire of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies, sparking a conversation about the need for greater protections for LGBTQIA+ individuals in Western Australia. The event, which took place in a local church, was marketed as an opportunity for those who once identified as LGBTQIA+ to share their stories of transformation through faith in Jesus Christ. This premise alone has raised alarms among activists and community members who see it as a thinly veiled attempt at gay conversion therapy. This practice, which attempts to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity through psychological or spiritual interventions, has been widely discredited and condemned by medical and human rights organizations worldwide. Yet, here in Albany, the echoes of its principles have resurfaced, cloaked in religious teachings.

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