Despite promises to put the bill in action, thousands of LGBTQIA people have been suffering due to delays in legislation
BY ELLA GAUCI, IMAGE BY ANETE LUSINA
Five years ago, the UK government made a promise to ban conversion therapy. Five years later, and no bill has been put in action yet. For the Ban Conversion Therapy Coalition and Stonewall, this is not enough.
Today (3 July) both organisations will be urging the UK government to put in place a bill that will protect all LGBTQIA from harmful conversion therapy practices.
During the last five years Prime Ministers such as Theresa May and Boris Johnson have all pledged their commitment to banning conversion therapy. And yet no official legislation has been put in place. As a result, thousands of vulnerable LGBTQIA people have been affected by conversion therapy.
The government’s UK-wide LGBT Survey in 2018 of 108,000 people found that 5% had been offered conversion therapy, and 2% had undergone it. In order to protect LGBTQIA people, it is essential that the government honours their commitment to banning conversion therapy.
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