It has been almost 1,000 days since the UK Government announced a commitment to ending “the abhorrent practice of conversion therapy” 

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA TWITTER

In a new campaign brought forward by Stonewall, the UK’s leading charity for LGBTQI equality, a coalition of mental health practitioners, LGBTQI organisations and faith communities are urging the UK Government to finally ban conversion therapy. 

On 28 March 2021, it will mark one thousand days since the UK Government announced a commitment to end “the abhorrent practice of conversion therapy” as part of their LGBT Action Plan in 2018.

A practice which “attempts to erase, repress, cure or change someone’s sexual orientation – or lack of – and/or gender identity”, conversion therapy is still happening in the UK today, putting the LGBTQI community at risk of lifelong trauma. 

Nancy Kelley, Chief Executive of Stonewall said: “Being LGBTQIA+ is beautiful, and there is no place in our society for any so-called ‘interventions’ which tell us otherwise. The UK Government must stop dragging its feet and make good on its promise to bring in a full legal ban, and put a stop to conversion therapy in the UK for good.” 

To put an end to this harmful practice, the Ban Conversion Therapy campaign announced by Stonewall today highlights the need for a legislative ban and for specialist support to be available to victims and survivors and conversion therapy. 

The coalition, which includes Stonewall, Mermaids and Galop, is encouraging everyone who believes in LGBTQI equality to get involved with their efforts, asking them to email their MP and share the importance of bringing about an effective legal ban to LGBTQI conversion therapy. 

You can use the Ban Conversion Therapy website to find out how you can email your local MP with a pre-written template. Your action can make the world of difference. 

For more information, please visit the Stonewall website and email your MP to help #BanConversionTherapy today. 

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