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Gay Conversion Therapy

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 18th June 2020.

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Photo of Anthony Mangnall Anthony Mangnall Conservative, Totnes

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what the Government's timetable is for bringing forward legislative proposals to end the practice of conversion therapy for members of the LGBT community.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary

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

In order to end conversion therapy practice for good, we are thoroughly considering all legislative and non-legislative options. As my honourable friend will know, there are certain abhorrent and violent practices which may be classed as conversion therapy, which are already covered by existing criminal offences. Where such practices are already unlawful, we will ensure the law is clear, well understood and enforced. Where dangerous conversion therapy practices are not already unlawful, we are examining the best ways to prevent them being conducted, without sending such practices underground.

We have also 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.

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

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