Conversion therapy briefing

Mar 23, 2021 by

from Transgender Trend:

We prepared the following briefing ahead of the House of Commons debate on the epetition calling for a Government ban on Conversion Therapy. At the end of the debate, Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch gave a measured speech stressing the government’s view that conversion therapy has “no place in a civilised society” and that the government is taking time to ensure that they get it right.

There followed a furore, with Jayne Ozanne resigning from the government’s LGBT+ advisory panel, accusing ministers of creating a “hostile environment” for LGBT+ people. Resignations followed by James Morton and Ellen Murray, and a letter expressing “deep concerns” was sent to Ms Badenoch by organistions including Stonewall and Trans Media Watch as reported by the BBC.

We support the measured and thoughtful response from Kemi Badenoch and have therefore decided to publish our briefing publicly to balance the reaction from the LGBT+ lobby, along with the submission from MP Alicia Kearns calling for a government ban on “LGBTQ+ conversion therapy.” As this demonstrates, and our briefing evidences, the definition of ‘conversion therapy’ has been expanded into “Q+” areas of sexuality and the called-for government ban is no longer about gay conversion therapy, but covers a much wider agenda.

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