Mind responds to news conversion ‘therapy’ ban is to be delayed
Reports in the news today have suggested that the Kemi Badenoch, the Minister for Women and Equalities, may delay legislation bringing forward a ban on conversion ‘therapy.’
Responding to the news, Sophie Corlett, Director of External Relations at Mind, said:
“The UK government cannot keep delaying and watering down a ban that is essential to protecting millions of LGBTQIA+ people across Britain from unethical and inhumane treatment. Conversion ‘therapy’ is highly damaging to people’s mental health. People who have gone through conversion practices have told us how it left them with feelings of anxiety, isolation and self-hatred.
“Every day this ban is delayed, more people will be harmed by conversion 'therapy'. The government must bring forward the bill as a priority, and ensure it protects all members of the LGBTQIA+ community. That means a ban on any conversion practices that aim to change or suppress someone's sexual orientation or gender identity. The Government’s own research suggests that trans people are much more likely to have undergone, or been offered, conversion therapy. The UK Government cannot turn around and exclude trans people from protection against this harmful and unethical practice.
“Being LGBTQIA+ is not something to be cured of, and we will not stop until the government bans abhorrent conversion practices.”