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(1) Wynne government targets 'mother' and 'father'
(2) Ontario to redefine the Family: 'Mother', 'Father' replaced by Up to 4 'Parents'
(3) Ontario Gov't to erase the words "mother" and "father" from Ontario laws
(4) Universities impose "Bias Free Language Guide" requiring "Inclusive Language"
(5) University of New Hampshire "Bias Free Language Guide"
(6) 'State Feminism' in Sweden - Leo Schmit
(7) Gay Marriage Debate leads to Suicide, Australian Parliament should decide without Plebiscite

(1) Wynne government targets 'mother' and 'father'

By Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

First posted: Sunday, October 16, 2016 03:27 PM EDT | Updated: Sunday,
October 16, 2016 03:56 PM EDT

"Mother" may soon be replaced in Ontario law by the term "birth parent."

That’s what’s incorporated in amendments contained in the Liberal
government’s proposed Bill 28 which is designed to change the
"Children’s Law Reform Act, the Vital Statistics Act and various other
acts respecting parentage."

Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government says a new All Families Are Equal
Act will modernize the definition of families.

"People in Ontario value diversity and equality — that’s why all parents
and their kids need to be treated equally under the law," said Wynne
spokesperson Clare Graham. [...]

Many religious and ethnic groups — also upset about "age inappropriate"
introduction of sexual and gender identity teachings — are preparing for
battle, too.

"The premier is re-engineering the family," said Charles McVety, of
Canada Christian College. "She removes ‘mother’ 17 times. Removes
‘father’ 23 times. The Act is amended by striking out the ‘mother’ and
substituting it with ‘birth parent’ and ‘father’ with the word ‘parent.’"

However Graham countered "there is no one way to start and raise a
family" and offered assurances that the terms "mother and father" will
remain on a child’s birth certificate.

"We’re proposing to update Ontario’s parentage laws so that parents who
have a baby with the help of a doctor don’t need to spend their money on
a lawyer and go to court just so they can be their own kid’s parents,"
said Graham. "The best thing for a kid is that there is no uncertainty
about who their parents are. At the end of the day, this is about
ensuring that all kids are treated equally by recognizing the legal
status of their parents no matter if their parents are LGBTQ2+ or
straight, and no matter if they were conceived with the help of a doctor."

Progressive Conservative MPP Randy Hillier last week argued there needs
to be more time for study, insisting the bill was introduced with too
much haste.

And McVety agreed the government is rushing the bill through, calling it
a "war on mothers" which could lead to the breakdown of the traditional

"Mothers are the bedrock of society and their love gives life," said
McVety. "A mother can take the place of all others but no one else can
take the place of a mother."

Yu added everything is moving so fast that the bill hasn’t been
translated into Chinese languages, excluding some from the democratic

"The government is trying to erase all trace of biological parents from
these children for an ideological motive," she said. "It’s just unnatural."

Meanwhile, with focus on the Blue Jays games, will public hearings at
Queen’s Park Monday and Tuesday be noticed?

McVety will speak to the committee at 5:40 p.m Monday. Yu is slated to
speak at 5:40 p.m. Tuesday. There are 20 others on the agenda.

Interesting debate. My feeling is modern family realities need to be
accepted in law but it’s insulting to eliminate the words "mother and
father." They need to restore that.

But Wynne spokesperson Graham said the bill merely updates legal wording
to comply with today’s norms.

"The reality is, family structures are diverse, and there are many
people who need a doctor’s help to have a baby," said Graham. "The
definition of who is a parent in Ontario law hasn’t been updated since
1978 — a lot has changed since then. Right now, that definition is too
narrow and excludes parents of modern families."

Ironically, soon it could also exclude the words "mother" and "father."

(2) Ontario to redefine the Family: 'Mother', 'Father' replaced by Up to 4 'Parents'

Ontario Seeks Redefinition of Family; Mother, Father Replaced by Up to 4

Fathers Can Absolve Themselves of Parental Responsibilities

By Samuel Smith

Christian Post

November 1, 2016|12:09 pm

The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is quickly pushing a bill that would
make it so that children could have up to four legal parents and would
also give biological fathers the right to absolve themselves from being
listed on a child's birth certificate just by signing a waiver, critics
are warning.

Bill 28, the LGBT All Families Are Equal Act, was introduced on Sept. 29
and seeks to give non-biological parents the right to be listed on a
child's birth records as a "parent" without having to spend thousands on
adoption and legal fees to be legally recognized as legal guardians.

As the bill is supported by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and has
quickly advanced to the Standing Committee on Social Policy, opponents
argue that the legislation "turns on its head the former understanding
of 'family,' which consisted of individuals united by marriage, blood
and adoption."

In order to accommodate for same-sex couples and the changing definition
of marriage, the bill lists a number of circumstances when the terms
"mother" and "father" should be replaced with terms like "birth parent"
and "parent."

Charles McVety, the president of Canada Christian College, said in an
interview with the Toronto Sun that the bill removes the word "mother"
17 times, while removing the word "father" 23 times.

"The premier is re-engineering the family," McVety said. "The Act is
amended by striking out the 'mother' and substituting it with 'birth
parent' and 'father' with the word 'parent.'"

"Mothers are the bedrock of society and their love gives life," McVety
added. "A mother can take the place of all others but no one else can
take the place of a mother."

Additionally, the legislation allows for a birth parent to "enter into a
pre-conception parentage agreement with one or more persons in which
they agree to be, together, parents of a child yet to be conceived."

"Subject to the meeting of specified conditions, including that there be
no more than four parties to the agreement, on the birth of a child
contemplated by the agreement, any party to the agreement who is not
otherwise a parent of the child also becomes a parent of the child," the
legislation explains.

The social conservative nonprofit Real Women of Canada has spoken out
strongly against the bill. Additionally, nearly 20,000 concerned
individuals have signed an online petition condemning the legislation.

"Bill 28 provides among its provisions that a child may have four
parents, allowing a partner of the same-sex couple who has no blood ties
with the child to become the parent of the child automatically, without
adoption," a statement from Real Women of Canada notes. "[S]perm donors
(fathers) are no longer deemed to be a parent of the child conceived;
apart from a surrogacy agreement, there is no reference to the
relationship of an ovum donor (the mother) to the child; and 'mother,'
'father,' are no longer mentioned on birth certificates."

Clare Graham, a spokesperson for Premier Wynne, told the Sun that the
bill merely updates legal wording to comply with the changes over the
last decade since gay marriage was legalized in 2003.

"The reality is, family structures are diverse, and there are many
people who need a doctor's help to have a baby," Graham said. "The
definition of who is a parent in Ontario law hasn't been updated since
1978 — a lot has changed since then. Right now, that definition is too
narrow and excludes parents of modern families."

Another aspect of this bill is that it could allow for a man to have sex
with a woman, impregnate her and be able absolve himself from being
listed as the father if he just signs a simple agreement with the
mother, Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington wrote.

The bill states: "This section is deemed not to apply to a person who
provides his own sperm for use in conceiving a child without the use of
assisted reproduction if, before the child is conceived, the person and
the intended birth parent agree in writing that the person providing the
sperm does not intend to be a parent of any child conceived as a result."

Warmington argues that such a provision allows for "an agreement where a
man is nothing more than a sperm donor — with no financial or emotional

"A friend of mine told me as a homosexual man, he has been 'assisting
some of my lesbian friends' in having children by 'donating my sperm to
them' without any middle player or corporation involved that 'allows
them to conceive a child' without having to go through a sperm bank or
with dealing with registering a father," Warmington wrote.

"In this scenario, prior to the Bill 28, this arrangement could
technically force my friend to be a legal father," he explained. "But
the new rules allow both the male and the female to agree to sign away
his responsibility. It means he can help many female friends have
children without repercussions."

Warmington adds that the legislation does not require the written notice
to be notarized.

"Just write it on a post-it note before going to bed and you can sign
away your responsibility as a father," McVety told Warmington. "It is
sad that Bill 28 will allow a man to write an agreement before sex that
absolves himself of paternal responsibility."

(3) Ontario Gov't to erase the words "mother" and "father" from Ontario laws

Wynne Liberals move to erase words "mother" and "father" from Ontario laws

Brian Lilley

The Rebel

October 18, 2016

Ontario’s Liberal government is getting ready to scrap the words
"mother" and "father" from our laws because they say family composition
is different now but really, this is about social engineering.

I’ve read through Bill 28, otherwise known as the "All Families Are
Equal Act" and will show you how truly bizarre it is.

Wynne and the Ontario Liberals have taken a Newspeak mentality to the
next level with this legislation that erases human terms like ‘mother’
and ‘father’ in what amounts to an attack against the nuclear family.

If you agree, sign Faith Goldy’s petition at, and
remember to share this video and petition with your friends, family and
neighbours to make sure this legislation isn’t rushed through without
any opposition or debate.

(4) Universities impose "Bias Free Language Guide" requiring "Inclusive Language"

University's "Bias Free Language Guide" bans "American," "diabetic" and
the phrase "Dogs smell funny"

Ezra Levant

The Rebel

August 03, 2015

The University of New Hampshire is a pretty pricey, fancy college, but I
wouldn't go there if you paid me.

That's because of their "Bias Free Language Guide."

It covers "microagressions" -- including "micro-insults" -- plus
offenses against "ageism, sexism, racism" and other "-isms."

The guide gets off to a bad start with its dubious definition of
"democracy" and goes downhill from there. It's Orwell's 1984 except it
isn't fiction.

Here's an actual example from the guide:

You shouldn't say "Dogs smell funny" in front of a blind person with a
seeing eye dog.

Another "problematic" word? "American."

A major contributor to the guide is Melissa Harris-Perry, a pundit on
far left MSNBC who, among other things, wore tampon earrings on the air
and mocked interracial adoption. Is this the intellectual and moral role
mode a university needs?

Anyway, after this 5000 word guide showed up on their website, something
interesting happened...

Here's a copy of the guide so you can see how crazy it is yourself:

Uni Wisconsin Madison:

(5) University of New Hampshire "Bias Free Language Guide"

What is "Inclusive Language"?

Inclusive Language is communication that does not stereotype or demean
people based on personal characteristics including gender, gender
expression, race, ethnicity, economic background, ability/disability
status, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

Identities Matter and Words Matter

Identities are personal. It is important to realize that each person
will define their own identity. Identity terms are meant for individuals
to use to identify themselves and not for us to identify them. You will
find various definitions depending on culture, places of origin,
generation, etc.

When appropriate, ask how a person wishes to be identified, and please
remember that identity terms are meant for individuals to use to
identify themselves and not for us to identify them. Use inclusive
language to emphasize or focus the reader’s attention on similarities,
equality and respect. Conversely, avoid using language that detracts
from the sense of value of the whole person and avoid terms that
exclude, marginalize, diminish or lower the status of any individual or
group (e.g., "us and them" constructions). If you don’t know what to
say, just ask the individual how they prefer to be identified. In
addition, avoid stereotypes and words that are derived from negative
assumptions e.g., using the expression "going Dutch" for "splitting the


A micro-aggression is a subtle, often automatic, stereotypical, and
insensitive behavior or comment or assumption about a person’s identity,
background, ethnicity, or disability. Micro-aggressions may be
intentional or non-intentional. They may be experienced daily by some
people. The messages may be delivered in verbal, behavioral, and
environmental forms (residing in the "climate" of an institution or in
the broader society). For example, when women in the workplace enter a
conference room where portraits of past CEOs or boards of directors are
honorifically displayed, and they are all men. The implicit message is
that women are less competent and/or that women may not be selected for
leadership in that organization.

Mico-aggressions are delivered in many forms - politely or negatively.
"I don't think your daughter is capable of doing that because of her
disability", a school principal may say to a parent in front of the
student - ignoring her presence completely.

Forms of Aggression

Micro-assault, verbal attack

Example: "Why do you need a wheelchair? I saw you walk... You can walk,
right?" to a person who is using a mobile chair for long-distance travel.

Example: "Dogs smell funny" to a blind person using a guide dog.

Micro-insult, a form of verbal or silent demeaning through insensitive
comments or behavior

Example: A person exhibits a stubborn, begrudging attitude, that they
will accommodate an accessibility request. The verbalization is
appropriate but the tone seems insulting.

Micro-invalidation, degrading a person’s wholeness through making false
assumptions about the other’s ability, causing a sense of invalidation.

Example: "You have a learning disability? How can you be a lawyer?" to a
person with a learning disability.

Example: "The new international student is having language challenges."
(More appropriately, we would say that the new international student is
concentrating on learning a new language.)

Watch the Metaphors

"Bipolar," "autistic," "schizo," and "ADD" are words that should not be
thrown around in conversation. These words are descriptors of real
psychiatric disabilities that people actually possess. They are not
metaphors for everyday behaviors that happen to bug us. When used to
describe people you hate, you imply that the disabilities themselves are
something to be hated.

Note: Most disabilities are not diseases. Do not refer to a person with
a disability as a patient unless that person is in a hospital or care
facility. In the context of occupational or physical therapy, the term
client is preferable.

Potential Issues

Although the majority of disability advocacy groups and members of the
disability community generally accept the term "disability," there are
some who believe that even the term "disability" itself is pejorative.
Some people may often prefer to use terms such as "differently abled"
and/or may characterize a disability as simply a difference rather than
any sort of impediment, for example, members of Deaf Culture.

Again, it is advisable to ask people how they would they like to be
addressed whenever it is relevant to the situation. Remember, most of us
will possibly face being disabled at some point in our lives; whether it
comes sooner or later depends on our circumstances.

Glossary of Language

Focus: It’s important to remember that we come from diverse backgrounds
and experiences that foster our full identities. We are not just what
appears on the surface to be our singular or perceived dominant identity.

Preferred: "non-disabled" is the preferred term for people without
problematic: normal, able-bodied, healthy or whole

Preferred: person who is blind/visually impaired
Problematic: blind person, "dumb"

Preferred: person who is deaf or hard-of-hearing
Problematic: deaf person, Deaf-and-Dumb, Deaf-Mute

Preferred: person with a speech/communication impairment
Problematic: dumb, speech impediment

Preferred: person who is learning disabled, person who has a cognitive
disability, person with a learning or cognitive disability, persons with
intellectual and developmental disability
Problematic: retarded, slow, brain-damaged, special education student

Preferred: person with a psychiatric disability; person with a mental
health condition
Problematic: mentally ill, hyper-sensitive, psycho, crazy, insane,
wacko, nuts

Preferred: wheelchair user, person who is - wheelchair mobile,
physically disabled, quadriplegic, paraplegic
Problematic: handicapped, physically challenged, invalid, "special",
deformed, cripple, gimp, spaz, wheelchair-bound, confined to a
wheelchair, lame

Preferred: seeking help for emotional mental health, person who
identifies as having an emotional disability
Problematic: emotionally disturbed

Preferred: cognitively/developmentally delayed/disabled, person with a
cognitive/developmental delay or disability, person with an intellectual
Problematic: retard, mentally retarded, special ed student

Preferred: someone of short stature, little person
Problematic: dwarf, midget

Preferred: person "living with" a specific disability, (i.e. "someone
living with cancer or AIDS")
Problematic: victim, someone "stricken with" a disability (i.e. "someone
stricken with cancer" or "an AIDS victim")

"Afflicted with", "stricken with", "suffers from", "victim of", and
"confined to" are terms that are based on the assumption that a person
with a disability is suffering or living a reduced quality of life.
Instead, use neutral language when describing a person who has a
disability. Not every person with a disability 'suffers,' is a 'victim'
or is 'stricken.' Instead simply state the facts about the nature of the
person's disability, preferably in the way that they have told you they
want to be identified.


The following is a list of terms that arise when referring to race,
ethnicity and culture.

Glossary of Language

Preferred: Black or African American
Problematic: negro, negroid, colored person, dark

Preferred: U.S. citizen or Resident of the U.S.
Problematic: American

Note: North Americans often use "American" which usually, depending on
the context, fails to recognize South America

Preferred: North American or South American
Problematic: American: assumes the U.S. is the only country inside these
two continents.

Preferred: People of Color
Problematic: Colored, Non-White

Note: In the U.S. context, "People of Color" usually refers to
Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, Latino/a, Hispanic, African
American and biracial/multiracial people and should not be used
synonymously with "Black" or "African American."

Preferred: use the specific name of the country on the continent;
Africa; e.g., Egypt, Ethiopia
Problematic: Africa, which is a continent of many countries

Note: "African" is a broad term. Even though we know Africa as one of
the seven continents, citizens prefer to identify with their country of
origin, such as Ethiopian or Nigerian.

Preferred: Western Asian, Northern African people
Problematic: Arabs

Note: The people of these regions of the world identify according to
their genealogical, linguistic, or cultural backgrounds. When
applicable, tribal affiliations and intra-tribal relationships play an
important role in their identity.

Preferred: White people, European-American individuals
Problematic: Caucasian people

Preferred: international people
Problematic: foreigners

Preferred: Undocumented* immigrant or worker; person seeking asylum,
Problematic: illegal alien

*Although preferable to illegal (when we call a person illegal, we imply
that they are an object), this term lacks recognition of the person’s
humanity first.

Preferred: bi-racial people, multi-racial individuals when it is
relevant to state this in a communication
Problematic: mixed race people, mulatto

definitions of sexual orientation among people of varying cultures,
places of origin, generations, etc. Gender Pronoun Guide (Click Here ? ? ? )

Some people may not feel comfortable using traditional gender pronouns
(she/her, he/him) to fit their gender identities. Transgender,
genderqueer, and gender-variant people may choose different pronouns for
themselves. The attached guide is a starting point for using pronouns

Glossary of Language

Preferred: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Identity
Problematic: Sexual Preference

The scientifically accurate term for an individual’s enduring physical,
romantic and/or emotional attraction to members of the same and/or other
sex, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual (straight)
orientations. Avoid the offensive term "sexual preference", which is
used to suggest that being gay or lesbian is voluntary and therefore

Preferred: Gay, Lesbian, Same Gender Loving (SGL)
Problematic: "Homosexual"

"Homosexual" is an outdated clinical term considered derogatory and
offensive by many gay and lesbian people. Gay and/or lesbian accurately
describe those who are attracted to people of the same sex or gender.
Same Gender Loving is sometimes used among African American sexual
minority individuals.

Preferred: Sexual Minorities, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ)
Problematic: People of an alternative "lifestyle" (when referring to

"Lifestyle" is an inaccurate term used by anti-gay extremists to
denigrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives. As there is not
one straight lifestyle, there is not one lesbian, gay, bisexual or
transgender lifestyle. Queer, historically a derogatory term, has been
reclaimed by many sexual minorities and their allies. Queer is often
used as an umbrella term to describe lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual,
transgender, and questioning (of sexuality and/or gender identity).

Preferred: People with intersex characteristics, individuals with
ambiguous sexual organs
Problematic/Outdated: Hermaphrodites

Intersex can be used when describing a person whose biological sex is
ambiguous. There are many genetic, hormonal or anatomical variations
that make a person’s sexual organs ambiguous (e.g., Klinefelter
Syndrome). Parents and medical professionals usually assign intersex
infants a sex and perform surgical procedures to conform the infant’s
body to the chosen assignment.

Note: the intersex community speaks out against non-consensual,
premature and unsound practices. The term intersex is not
interchangeable with or a synonym for transgender.

Preferred: Sexual Reassignment Surgery (SRS), Gender Reaffirming
Surgery, Gender Confirming Surgery
Problematic/Outdated: Sex Change

Refers to surgical alteration, and is only one small part of transition
(see transition directly above on intersex characteristics). Not all
transgender people choose to, or can afford to have Sexual Reassignment
Surgery. Journalists and researchers should avoid overemphasizing the
role of SRS in the transition process.

Glossary of Terms


The fear, hatred and/or dislike of people who are or are perceived to be

Note: This includes prejudice, discrimination, harassment and acts of
violence. It can often manifest as discrediting or doubting the
existence of bisexuality.

[...] Gender Identity

A person's internal definition of self as man, woman, or transgendered.
One's gender identity may or may not be conguent with one's biological
sex or traits typically associated with one's biological sex. Not to be
confused with sexual orientation, which determines one's primary
attraction to another gender.


The presumption that heterosexuality is universal and/or superior to
other sexual orientations

Example of perpetuation of hetero-normativity - seeing a ring on a
woman’s finger and saying "congratulations, what’s his name?" This
illustrates the assumption that the woman is heterosexual or that she is
in a relationship with a person of male gender. Note: Even though it may
seem this way in some relationships where one person is more masculine
and/or feminine than the other, the idea of someone being "the man" and
the other being "the woman" is a reflection of a hetero-normative society.


Prejudice, bias, or discriminations based on the presumption that
heterosexuality is universal and/or superior to other sexual orientations.


The fear, hatred and/or dislike of people who are attracted - or are
perceived to be attracted to a person of the same sex or gender.

Note: Homophobia may result in acts of prejudice, discrimination,
harassment and violence. It is possible for someone who is attracted to
people of the same gender to be homophobic. This is called "internalized
homophobia", which means having negative feelings toward oneself because
we live in a homophobic society – or something like that. [...]

Sexual Orientation

A person’s innate, enduring physical, emotional and/or spiritual
attraction toward others

Note: This attraction is typically, but not always, specific to a
particular gender (or to multiple genders). For example, some people are
attracted only to men or women; other people are attracted to both men
and women, and some others’ attractions transcend gender (e.g., they are
attracted to specific traits or characteristics, regardless of their
gender). Sexual behavior is an action that a person chooses, but that
action does not necessarily define a person’s orientation as gay,
straight, bisexual, pansexual or asexual.


The fear, hatred, and/or dislike of people who are/or are perceived to
be outside of the socially constructed systems of sex and/or gender.
Note: Transphobia may result in acts of prejudice, discrimination,
harassment and violence.


[...] Gender Pronoun Guide (Click Here )

Some people may not feel comfortable using traditional gender pronouns
(she/her, he/him) to fit their gender identities. Transgender,
genderqueer, and gender-variant people may choose different pronouns for
themselves. The attached guide is a starting point for using pronouns
respectfully. [...]

1. Include all people in general references by substituting
gender-neutral words and phrases for gender-biases words.

Example Recommended

mankind people, humanity, human beings
man-to-man defense one-to-one defense
man the operation staff the operation
manpower labor, human resources
layman’s terms ordinary terms
man hours staff hours, hours
manmade manufactured, synthetic, artificial

[...] 3. Avoid gender-biased pronouns by: a) Dropping pronouns that
signify gender and restructur- ing the statement.

(6) 'State Feminism' in Sweden - Leo Schmit

Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2016 04:39:33 +0000 (UTC) From: leo schmit
<> Subject: Re: Compulsory Gay indoctrination of
schoolchildren under the  misnomer "Safe Schools"

Good morning Peter,

I am always very pleased to receive your postings. This morning I
thought about checking my blog-bookmarks (on relevance) and found the
professorsblog from Sweden, quite interesting on 'state feminism' in Sweden.

According to Swedish state feminism 'men are animals, a machine, a
mobile dildo, an emotional parasite'

I am sure the subject will come back, since Assange has not yet been
freed and his prosecutors in Sweden are still well resourced with state
funds to promote 'state feminism'  in the courts.

Let me copy the relevant links:

(7) Gay Marriage Debate leads to Suicide, Australian Parliament should decide without Plebiscite

Marriage Equality Debate Harming LGBTI People's Mental Health

Posted: 03/04/2016 07:08 AEST Updated: 03/04/2016 07:08 AEST

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists has raised
concerns over alarming statistics around the mental health of LGBTI
people, throwing its weight behind the push for marriage equality on
health grounds.

The RANZCP published a position statement this week, 'Recognising and
addressing the mental health needs of the LGBTI population.' The paper
outlines that the college is "concerned that a disproportionate number
of Australia and New Zealand’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and
intersex (LGBTI) population experience mental illness and psychological

"Evidence shows that discrimination and marginalisation experienced by
the LGBTI population increases the risk of developing mental health
issues, and also creates barriers to accessing supportive services."

As we outlined in February, in the wake of the Safe Schools Coalition
debate, LGBTI people are between three and fourteen times more likely to
commit suicide than heterosexual Australians, one in six young LGBTI
people have attempted suicide, and one in three have self harmed.

"LGBTI identity has historically been criminalised, pathologised or
invisibilised by the legal and medical institutions of Australia and New
Zealand," the RANZCP wrote in its position statement.

"Legal and medical institutions are becoming increasingly inclusive.
Same-sex marriage was legalised in New Zealand in 2013 but is not
currently legal in Australia. The RANZCP supports marriage equality
based on the evidence that legislative inequality has a significant and
deleterious impact on mental health and conversely, that there is a
strong link between improved health outcomes and legislation change of
this sort."

The college said it supported marriage equality being legislated in
Australia, for the positive mental health effects it would have on LGBTI

"The RANZCP emphasises the importance of ongoing, respectful dialogue
with those on both sides of the marriage equality debate in Australia,
and the need for any discussion around the plebiscite to keep the mental
health of vulnerable young people as a priority" said RANZCP President
Professor Malcolm Hopwood in a statement.

"Research shows intersex individuals exhibit levels of psychological
distress comparable to people who have experienced several physical or
sexual abuse.

"These statistics show that for many individuals sadly expressing their
sexuality can still be a distressing or traumatic experience due to
discrimination they experience from their community, and our society at
large. This can increase the likelihood of people experiencing mental
health disorders."

Peter Myers