Conversion therapy has no place in our society.
Conversion therapy covers a range of inhumane and cruel practices that falsely claim to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. A national survey of 108,000 members of the LGBTQ+ community suggested that two per cent have undergone the practice, with another five per cent having been offered it. Such abhorrent practices must be outlawed to provide protection to members of the LGBTQ+ community.
There’s been global support to ban conversion therapy around the world. In 2017, there was a joint document (Memorandum of understanding) signed by 20 health, counselling and psychotherapy organisations which aims to end the practice of conversion therapy. Following this report, various religious leaders and organisations have echoed their support, including the Church of England.
Moreover, in 2018, the government pledged to ban conversion therapy, but this has not yet happened. Whilst I was glad to see that a debate was held in Parliament on 08 March 2021 following overwhelming support of the e-petition to ban conversion therapy; it has been more than 2 years since the government made the commitment to ban conversion therapy. It is time for the government to start acting and ensure legislation and debate in parliament on this.
The UK government should take inspiration from countries like Brazil, Malta, Ecuador, and Germany who have banned such practices. I am in support of banning conversion therapy and any such practices that do not allow for free expression.