Gay Conversion Therapy

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 31st July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their proposed ban on same sex attraction therapy will include a prohibition on talking therapy.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Government takes this issue of Conversion Therapy 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.

My officials are reviewing the current legislative framework to see how certain harmful and abhorrent practices referred to as conversion therapy may already be captured by existing laws and offences. Where these practices are already unlawful, we will ensure that 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 them underground.

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