17 May 2020
The Green Party has called on the Government to speed up their promised ban on conversion therapy on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT)
Theresa May’s government promised to ban the harmful practice back in July 2018 in her LGBT Action Plan. However no legislation has been brought and the 2019 review on progress judged the matter “complex”.
Conversion therapy has been condemned by a wide variety of organisations. Conversion therapy is a practice where a therapist tries to stop a person being gay, bi or trans.
In July 2017 the Church of England's General Synod said the practice was “potentially harmful” with it having “no place in the modern world”.
And in October 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy was signed by the NHS, the British Psychological Society and a variety of other bodies. The memorandum pledged members to “ending the practice of conversion therapy”.
Green Party co-leader Siân Berry said:
“The biggest act of solidarity the Conservative government can do for IDAHOBIT is publish a legislative timetable for banning conversion therapy. Just this month we saw Germany bring in a ban, and we risk falling behind the rest of Europe on this important human rights issue."
“No young person should be forced into harm’s way, and no adult should be conned into pursuing this pseudo therapy.”
LGBTIQA+ Greens co-chair Benali Hamdache said:
“During this time of lockdown it’s even more important we protect young LGBTIQA+ people.
“Too many LGBTIQA+ people will find themselves stuck in hostile homes that are not accepting of their identities. It’s time for Liz Truss to act, ban conversion therapy now and protect people from the harm.”