In the face of outrage, conversion therapy will be banned

The British government assured on Friday, 1 April that it wanted to incorporate into law the prohibition of conversion therapies that claim to modify sexual orientation, after outcry caused by the possibility that it would relinquish that commitment. gives.

A ban on these treatments that had been promised since 2018 that equates homosexuality with a disease was announced by the government in October, specifying it seeks to make it a criminal offence. However, on Thursday a government spokesman indicated that ministers were finally looking at the measures.non legislativeagainst these treatments. The announcement sparked such outrage – with community activists and politicians from all sides condemning the abandonment of the legislative project – that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was finally “change opinionA few hours later, according to a government source cited by the PA agency.

According to this source, the ban will indeed take place. However, the ban would only apply to conversion treatments aimed at gay men or homosexuals who claim to revert them to heterosexuality, but not to gender identities that would cause a transgender person to re-identify with the gender of their birth. force. , ,The only consequence of this would be that the most vulnerable would be the least protected – trans people are twice as likely to be offered or undergo conversion therapy!“, on Twitter condemned Jane Ozan, a gay and Anglican church icon who has been campaigning against these treatments since 2015.

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According to government statistics, 5% of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (LGBT+) people in the UK have been offered conversion therapy, and 2% have received it. According to the associations the figures are less than the reality. The bill, announced in October 2021, provides for up to five years in prison for practicing these treatments on minors, and on adults if the latter have not been freely consented or fully informed.

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