Our major concerns with the Change or Suppression (Conversion) Practices Prohibition Act in Victoria:
1. The affirmation of gender identity will lead to conversion practices of young LGB youth by "transing away the gay"
Under this act, a young gay boy who is struggling with his attraction to other boys, or non-traditionally masculine interests, may be led to believe that, as a boy who does not adhere to masculine stereotypes, he must not be a boy. If, for example, he enjoys makeup (common in gay drag culture) or has predominately female friends, it could be illegal for a health practitioner or family member to question if his desire to present as a girl is actually a result of his same-sex attraction or non-adherence to gender stereotypes. This is similar to what occurred in the case of Bell v Tavistock (2020), where Keira Bell, now a detransitioned lesbian woman, pursued treatment to live as a man, without her gender clinic exploring whether her same-sex attraction to other girls, among other factors, was influencing her desire to live as a straight man.
Dear ABC Board Members,
We are writing to you as concerned members of LGB Alliance Australia, a worldwide advocacy group for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, about a recent episode of "You Can’t Ask That" which focused on lesbians.
We were very disappointed that an episode focusing on lesbians featured a male who calls himself “Rosie”. Rosie is clearly male and talks about his penis and using his penis as a "lesbian". As lesbians, we are highly offended by the assertion that a male can be a lesbian or that lesbians should include males in our communities and our dating pools.