Petition Ensure Trans people are fully protected under any conversion therapy ban
Ensure any ban fully includes trans people and all forms of conversion therapy.
It's shameful that the UK intends to deliberately exclude trans people from a ban in contrast to the approach taken by many countries, despite trans people being at a greater risk of experiencing the harmful & degrading practices.
The government's own figures show that trans people are nearly twice as likely to be at risk of experiencing the harmful & degrading practices of conversion therapy. A ban needs to ensure all forms of conversion therapy are banned.
Parliament will debate this petition
Parliament will debate this petition on 20 June 2022.
You'll be able to watch online on the UK Parliament YouTube channel.
This response was given on 12 May 2022
We will introduce a ban protecting everyone from attempts to change their sexual orientation. Recognising the complexity of issues we will consider the issue of transgender conversion therapy further.
Conversion therapy practices do not work and can cause long-lasting harm. We are committed to banning these abhorrent practices by introducing an offence that protects children and those that are unwillingly subjected to talking conversion practices, as well as by strengthening provisions against physical conversion practices.
We will bring forward a ban that protects everyone from attempts to change their sexual orientation. There are different considerations when it comes to transgender conversion therapy and the Government remains committed to exploring these.
One of the complexities is that those who experience gender dysphoria may seek talking therapy. It is vital that legitimate support is not inadvertently impacted.
The Government’s actions to protect people from conversion therapy extend beyond legislating. We will deliver a support service for victims via a contracted helpline and website which will provide initial pastoral support, and signposting to services such as counselling and advice about emergency housing. The successful delivery partner will be announced in due course. We continue to engage with stakeholders from LGBT, faith and medical backgrounds to ensure that our proposals and services are effective and well understood.
We will bring forward a ban that protects everyone from attempts to change their sexual orientation as soon as parliamentary time allows. We remain committed to exploring how best to protect people from these practices and will provide further updates in due course.
Other parliamentary business
Transgender conversion therapy to be debated in the House of Commons
The Petitions Committee has scheduled a debate on the petition you signed, "Ensure Trans people are fully protected under any conversion therapy ban", for 4.30pm on Monday 20 June.
Ahead of the debate, MPs on the Petitions Committee have written to the Government to ask:
- what evidence has informed the Government's decision not to include transgender conversion therapy in the proposed ban on conversion therapy practices
- for more details of the “separate work” the Government has said it will do to consider the issue of transgender conversion therapy
- when the Government intends to publish its response to the consultation on banning conversion therapy
Read the full letter here: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/22274/documents/164874/default/
The Committee has asked for a reply by Thursday 9 June so it can be published ahead of the debate on this petition. We will share the Government's response with you when this is received.
How to follow the debate on transgender conversion therapy
Watch the debate from 4.30pm on Monday 20 June: https://youtu.be/HJp31qE36rQ
Read a transcript which will be available a few hours after the debate ends: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2022-06-20
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