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LGBT Foundation Statement on Government Reversals to Banning Conversion Therapy

Published: 01 April 2022 Tags: By LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation condemns the Prime Minister’s appalling decision to backpedal on his promise to ban so-called 'conversion therapy,’ including continuing to leave trans and non-binary people out after his latest u-turn.

‘Conversion therapy’ is a repulsive practice, which the Government’s own research shows causes harm to LGBTQ+ people. This is supported by NHS England and other major bodies in the UK who have all warned that all forms of ‘conversion therapy’ are “unethical and potentially harmful”.

This is the latest in a long line of betrayals by the Prime Minister and his Government, proving that we cannot trust them to safeguard LGBTQ+ rights. The lack of protection for trans and non-binary people in this latest round of legislation effectively says that their pain and suffering are acceptable.

To be very clear, the rights of marginalised groups facing oppression should never be pitted against each other for political gain. The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary made personal pledges to ban ‘conversion therapy’; seemingly, they are happy to go against their word.

We demand that the Prime Minister make a full apology for his decisions and make a full reversal of the current position, to explicitly include trans and non-binary people within the proposed legislation to ban conversion practices.

We ask our supporters and allies to stand with us and other human rights organisations in making these demands. LGBT Foundation will continue to campaign for a full and unconditional ban on conversion therapy. We are proud to say #LGBWithTheT.

For anyone who is affected by this news, please contact:

Galop’s National Conversion Therapy - 0800 130 3335 and via email [email protected].

LGBT Foundation Helpline - 0345 3 30 30 30

LGBTSwitchBoard – 0300 3300630

Samaritans – 116 123

Mind Helpline – 0300 1233395