LGBT Action Plan

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:17 pm on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter 1:17 pm, 3rd July 2018

We have come a long way since my Conservative opponent in 1997 described me as a sterile, disease-ridden homosexual who would put my constituents’ children at risk. I warmly welcome the right hon. Lady’s announcements today. I thank her for the announcement on gay conversion therapy, and I ask her to thank the public health Minister, the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Steve Brine, and the Second Church Estates Commissioner, Dame Caroline Spelman for the roles that they have played in helping to deliver this. On trans rights, though, will she talk to her Health colleagues about the horrendous waiting times, particularly for young people who are waiting to see a specialist and to have the counselling necessary to undergo eventual gender reassignment? They are waiting far too long at a time of great vulnerability, and many are at suicide risk. This is a critical period in their lives, and the waiting times are currently completely unacceptable.