Government LGBT conference in doubt after backtrack on conversion therapy ban

Apr 5, 2022 by

by John-Paul Ford Rojas, Sky News:

Stonewall accuses the prime minister of breaking a promise after ministers decided to exclude transgender people from the ban on conversion therapy.

The government is considering whether it can go ahead with a landmark global LGBT conference this summer after more than 100 groups pulled out over changes to plans to ban conversion therapy.

Organisations including Stonewall said they would no longer support the Safe To Be Me event due to take place on London following the decision to exclude transgender people from the ban.

In a separate statement, issued on behalf of 23 HIV organisations, the Terrence Higgins Trust said it would also not be supporting the conference.

The government said it was “disappointing to see partners withdraw from an international conference focused on the fundamental human rights issues facing LGBT people around the world and which provides a global platform to create positive change”.

“The government is now considering how to proceed and will continue to work alongside global forums, including the ERC and EFPN, to convene international partners and drive forward action,” a spokesperson said.

More than 80 LGBT+ groups have pulled out of the event, which would coincide with the 50th anniversary of the capital’s first official Pride marches.

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