Why discrimination is not the way forward – A response to the Cooper report on ‘conversion practices.’

Oct 18, 2021 by

by Martin Davie:

Jayne Ozanne has long campaigned for a complete ban on ‘conversion therapy.’ She was, for example, the driving force behind the motion passed by the General Synod of the Church of England in 2017 which declared:

‘That this Synod: (a) endorse the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK of November 2015, signed by The Royal College of Psychiatrists and others, that the practice of gay conversion therapy has no place in the modern world, is unethical, potentially harmful and not supported by evidence; and 3 (b) call upon the Church to be sensitive to, and to listen to, contemporary expressions of gender identity; (c) and call on the government to ban the practice of Conversion Therapy.[1]

The latest move in her campaign is a new report published by the foundation which she heads up, the Ozanne Foundation. This report was commissioned  by the Foundation from the ‘Ban Conversion Legal Forum,’ a ‘cross-party group of MPs, peers, academics, barristers, legal professionals, campaigners, survivors and service providers who support to victims of ‘conversion therapy’’ and who support ‘a legislative ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy.’’ [2] The report has the title ‘The Cooper Report’ as a tribute to the LGBT + campaigner Joseph Cooper who died this year. Its full title is ‘The Cooper Report: How to Legislate against Conversion Practices.

A. What does the report propose?

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