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Gay Conversion Therapy To Be Banned

July 3, 2018

Controversial “gay conversion therapies” are to be banned as part of a government plan to improve the lives of gay and transgender people.

A national survey of 108,000 members of the LGBT community suggested 2% have undergone the practice with another 5% having been offered it.

It also found more than two-thirds of LGBT people avoid holding hands in public, for fear of negative reactions.

The prime minister said nobody “should ever to have to hide who they are”.

A 75-point plan to improve the lives of LGBT people, costing £4.5m, has been produced in response to the survey.

Its results also showed the respondents were more likely to be “less satisfied” with life than the rest of the population.

The charity Stonewall added there were still “pockets of society” where the LGBT community was “far from safe”.

As part of the plan, it said it would “consider all legislative and non-legislative options to prohibit promoting, offering or conducting conversion therapy”.

Equalities minister Penny Mordaunt told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme of the practice: “This is very extreme so-called therapy that is there to try and ‘cure’ someone from being gay – of course you can’t cure someone from being gay. In its most extreme form it can involve corrective rape.

“That’s very different from psychological services and counselling. It’s pretty unpleasant, some of the results we found, and it shows that there’s more action to do.”

She said the government is consulting on the best way to implement a ban, adding: “It’s absolutely right that that abhorrent practice has to go.”

There are also plans to introduce a national LGBT health advisor, tackle discrimination, improve the response to hate crime and to improve diversity in education institutions.


By Michelle Roberts, BBC News online health editor

Sometimes called “reparative” or “gay cure” therapy, conversion therapy is a term used for any form of so-called treatment which attempts to change sexual orientation or reduce attraction to others of the same sex.

Experts say the word therapy is misleading because there is no scientific basis for it

All major therapy professional bodies as well as the NHS in the UK disagree with it on logical, ethical and moral grounds.

Stonewall says that “no one should be told their identity is something that can be cured”.

Those identifying as gay or lesbian made up 61% of respondents to the survey, carried out between July and October last year. Just over a quarter identified as bisexual and a small number identified as pansexual (4%) and asexual (2%). People identifying as transgender accounted for 13% of respondents.

A quarter of those who took part in the survey said they were not open at all about being LGBT with family members they lived with.

Of the trans men who took part in the survey, 56% said they had avoided expressing their gender identity for fear of a negative reaction from others.

That figure rose to 59% for trans women and 76% for non-binary respondents.

LGBT hate incidents had been experienced by 40% of people in the survey, with more than nine in 10 of the most serious offences going unreported.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “We can be proud that the UK is a world leader in advancing LGBT rights, but the overwhelming response to our survey has shone a light on the many areas where we can improve the lives of LGBT people.

“I was struck by just how many respondents said they cannot be open about their sexual orientation or avoid holding hands with their partner in public for fear of a negative reaction.

“No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they love.”

‘Long way to go’

Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall, said she was pleased the government was listening to the LGBT community,.

But she added there was “still a long way to go until we reach full equality”.

Campaigner Peter Tatchell welcomed the government trying to ban conversion therapy. But he said the 75 point-plan did not go far enough.

“The biggest fail is the lack of any pledge to end the detention and deportation of LGBT+ refugees fleeing persecution in violently homophobic countries like Uganda, Iran, Russia, Egypt and Jamaica,” he said.

“Another big omission is the absence of any commitment to compensate gay and bisexual men who were convicted under past anti-gay laws.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 3, 2018 11:49 am

    4.5m pounds wasted on this nonsense.


  2. July 5, 2018 7:47 am

    More queer hate from hate troll slap7 – (Methinks it protests TOO much)
    “Normal people know exactly what a nonsense this transgender claptrap is.”
    “No great loss to society.”
    “One less.”
    “I totally support Stephen Crabb in his stance against abnormals. Heterosexuals are normal – anything else is perversion. And homosexual marriage is almost as funny as transperverts!”
    “I’m a carer for a disabled person”
    “I deal with disability”
    “Their only concern is to cut benefits regardless of the harm it will cause & some take pleasure in doing so.”
    “Social media are dangerous for many reasons, & this is why I never use it. Anything in the public domain can be manipulated & used against you.”

    No ‘manipulation’ needed :p

    slap7 –

    Hit his head so his hair hides the bruises?


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