Closed petition Make all forms of LGBT Conversion Therapy Practices illegal in 2021

'Government of the people by the people for the people'. If this is still true, I urge the government to make the lives of LGBT youths that little bit better in 2021 by banning all forms of GCT. By banning this abhorrent practice, we can lead globally in terms of LGBT rights & Mental Health wellness

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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. LGBT teenagers are 5 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers and are more than 8 times more likely if they come from a family that rejects their lifestyle. It did not happen by chance that my life as a gay man approaching his 40s is drastically better than of previous generations, therefore I want to do my small part in continuing this amazing progress. "Be the change you want to see in the world". Gandhi.

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MPs call for Government to bring forward promised legislation to ban conversion therapy

The Chair of the Liaison Committee, which brings together the Chairs of every House of Commons Committee, including the Petitions Committee, has written to the Government to urge them to bring forward legislation to ban the practice of conversion therapy.

The Petitions Committee asked for this legislation to be requested, following the petitions it has continued to receive on this issue and the repeated commitments made by the Government in response.

The Chair of the Liaison Committee said:

“The Government’s programme has been understandably impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. But now that this is closer to being under control, we would urge the Government to deliver on its commitments to and demands from select committees on other vitally important legislation which committees are keen to see brought forward.”

Find out more and read the letter: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/103/liaison-committee-commons/news/139371/government-urged-to-deliver-on-its-commitments-for-queens-speech/

Further information

The current 'Parliamentary session' is expected to finish around May this year. At the start of the new session the Government will announce its plans for introducing new laws and policies over the next year.

What is the Liaison Committee?

The Liaison Committee is a group of MPs who Chair other House of Commons Select Committees, including the Chair of the Petitions Committee.

Find out more about the Liaison Committee: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/103/liaison-committee-commons/

Find out how Select Committees work: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_2RDuDs44c 

Government announces plans to ban LGBT 'conversion therapy'

On Tuesday 11 May, the Government announced its plans to ban LGBT 'conversion therapy', as part of the Queen's Speech. The Government's plans are intended to introduce laws which will protect people from being subjected to the practice.

The Government has also announced the creation of a support fund for LGBT people impacted by 'conversion therapy'.

Read more about the Government's plans here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-sets-out-plan-to-ban-conversion-therapy

Read the Queen's Speech background briefing notes for more information on the Government's proposed Bills: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/queens-speech-2021-background-briefing-notes

What is the Queen's Speech?

The Queen's Speech is the speech that the Queen reads out in the House of Lords Chamber on the occasion of the State Opening of Parliament.

It's written by the Government and sets out the programme of Bills - new laws, and changes to existing laws - that the Government intends to put forward in this new Parliamentary session. A session of Parliament usually lasts around one year.

Once the Government puts forward a Bill in Parliament, Parliament then debates the Government's proposal and decides whether to adopt the changes to the law set out in the Bill.