Gay Conversion Therapy

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 22nd June 2020.

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Photo of Edward Davey Edward Davey Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Treasury), Acting Leader, Liberal Democrats, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Social Justice)

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what estimate she has made of the number of LGBTQ+ people being given conversion therapy in 2020 in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary

According to the Government’s 2017 National LGBT Survey which surveyed over 100,000 LGBT people across the UK, 2% of respondents said they had undergone conversion therapy, and a further 5% of respondents said they had been offered it.

The Government takes this issue very seriously and fundamentally disagrees with any attempt to forcibly change someone’s sexuality. I am working with colleagues across Government on this issue, and we will outline plans to end its practice in due course.

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