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National LGBT Survey: Conversion Therapy summary

Published: 2019

an outline of the data from the National LGBT Survey on conversion therapy

5% of respondents to the National LGBT Survey had been offered so called ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy (but did not take it up) and a further 2% had undergone it. We did not provide a definition of conversion therapy in the survey, but it can range from pseudo-psychological treatments to, in extreme cases, surgical interventions and ‘corrective’ rape. These figures were higher for trans respondents (e.g. 9% of trans men been offered it and 4% had undergone it). Faith organisations were by far the most likely group to have conducted conversion therapy (51% of those who received it had it conducted by faith groups), followed by healthcare professionals (19% of those who received it had it conducted by healthcare professionals).

Who conducted the so called ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy?

Note: respondents could select multiple responses. Percentages shown are of the 2,640 survey respondents who had received ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative’ therapy to cure them of being LGBT.

Prefer not to say11%
Person from my community9%
Any other individual or organsation not listed above14%
Parent, guardian or other family member16%
Healthcare provider or medical professional19%
Faith organisation or group51%


Government Equalities Office, 2019. National LGBT Survey: Summary Report.

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