Respond to Welsh govt LGBTQ+ action plan

Oct 9, 2021 by

from Christian Concern:

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on its draft LGBTQ+ Action Plan. Some of the proposed policies are very concerning, including the proposal to ban ‘LGBT conversion therapy’ in Wales for both adults and children.

The closing date for this consultation is 22 October.

We’ve provided a guide below for each of the questions, explaining the points to raise.

Please respond to the consultation using your own words to make the points which you care most about. You do not need to respond to every question.

Click here to respond to the consultation.

Question 1

Do you think the Action Plan will increase equality for LGBTQ+ people and what do you think the priorities should be?

The Action Plan will ironically decrease equality for LGBTQ+ people because it includes a proposal to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’ in devolved areas.

People can and so cease to identify as LGBT, and some choose explicitly to identify as ex-gay or as detransitioners. These people are protected in law. They should have the right to request help with unwanted sexual attractions. This right will be removed under the proposed ban.

The ‘Q’ in ‘LGBTQ+’ can refer to ‘questioning’, i.e. someone who questions their sexuality or gender identity. Banning therapy that allows for decrease in unwanted same-sex attraction and/or gender confusion would mean such people would not be allowed a free choice of the ‘answer’ to their self-questioning.

People who identify as LGBTQ+ are not the only stakeholders to this policy of banning ‘LGBT conversion therapy’. Very many people who experience same-sex attraction and engage in same-sex sexual behaviour do not identify as LGBTQ+. These people would also be negatively impacted by a ban.

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