Gay Conversion Therapy

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 5th June 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the letter from the Government Equalities Office to the hon Member for Birmingham, Edgbaston in December 2019, ref COGEO-001047, when the timetable for ending conversion therapy will be released.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary, Minister for Equalities

The Government takes this issue very seriously and fundamentally disagrees with attempts to forcibly change someone’s sexuality.

My officials are working at pace on the matter, and we will outline plans to end its practice in due course.

We have commissioned research that looks at the scope of practices and experiences of those subjected to conversion therapy. Once the findings have been reviewed, we will continue engaging other key stakeholders, and ensure we quickly progress an effective approach.

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