UK to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy, provide more support

UK to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy, provide more support

Britain will work to ban conversion therapy and provide more support to members of the LGBTQ community who have undergone the treatment, as part of its post-pandemic government agenda.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government said steps would be brought forward to prevent these “heinous practices that can cause mental and physical harm”, starting with a consultation on how best to protect people and eliminate coercive practices .

Johnson’s party has come under increasing pressure on the issue after former leader Theresa May pledged in 2018 to root out a process that seeks to change or remove a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. .

However, some religious leaders had argued that a broad ban could involve those who offer pastoral support, including prayer.

Presenting the new parliamentary agenda in a backgrounder alongside the Queen’s Speech, the government said: “We will ensure that medical professionals, religious leaders, teachers and parents can continue to have conversations open and honest with people. “

A 2017 national LGBTQ survey found that 5% of those who responded said they had received a prescription and 2% said they had undergone conversion therapy. In more than half of the cases, the therapy was offered or led by faith-based organizations.

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