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LGBT+ groups Pressurise Boris Johnson To Eradicate Conversion Therapy

There have been growing calls on the eradication of conversion therapy since Boris Johnson gave his support when the ban was initiated.

There have been growing calls on the eradication of conversion therapy since Boris Johnson gave his support when the ban was initiated.

In July 2018, the former prime minister, Theresa May vowed to ban the “abhorrent” practise which seeks to change an individual`s sexual orientation. Boris Johnson supported the idea emphasising that conversion therapy “has no place in a civilised society, and has no place in this country”.

An alliance of LGBT + groups, mental health practitioners and faith communities called on the government to  “make good” on the promise.

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“It’s been nearly one thousand days since the UK government committed to end conversion therapy, but lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in the UK today are still being subjected to this abusive practise often, sadly, in religious settings,” Jayne Ozanne, the director of the Ozanne Foundation and member of the government’s LGBT advisory panel said.

“It’s time for the government to take action and ensure a comprehensive ban that fully protects all”.

Despite the government`s promises ban “gay cures”, no proposals have been published or even a  specific date when legislation could be introduced in the House of Commons.

Matthew Hyndman — co-founder of the Ban Conversion Therapy campaign — said: “LGBTQIA+ people don’t need to be ‘cured’ or change who we are, any intervention claiming to do this is untruthful, unethical, and preys on those of us who are in most need of support and community.”

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The government was urged to “prioritise” previous policy commitments including conversion therapy.

A government Equality Hub spokesperson said the government will publish plans to bring conversion therapy to an end.

Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell for SurgeZirc UK
Alice Campbell is a highly skilled and experienced royal writer, currently working with SurgeZirc UK. With a passion for journalism and a keen interest in the royal family, Alice has established herself as a prominent figure in the field.
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