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.

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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.

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Parliament debated this topic

This topic was debated on 13 June 2022

Watch the petition 'Ensure Trans people are fully protected under any conversion therapy ban' being debated

Government responded

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.

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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.

Cabinet Office

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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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Transgender conversion therapy debate date brought forward to 13 June

The Petitions Committee has brought forward the debate on the petition you signed, "Ensure Trans people are fully protected under any conversion therapy ban". This debate will now take place on Monday 13 June at 4.30pm.

Watch the debate (from 4.30pm on Monday 13 June): https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Commons

Read a transcript (available a few hours after the debate ends): https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2022-06-20

Government asked for update on plans to consider transgender conversion therapy

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: 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.

Select Committee scrutiny of Government plans on conversion therapy

In November 2021, the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee held two public evidence sessions to explore concerns about the Government's plans to take action on conversion therapy. The Committee heard from a number of experts and interested stakeholders, and the Minister for Equalities, Mike Freer. Topics the Committee looked at in their sessions included:

  • what a definition of conversion therapy should look like

  • the issue of informed consent

  • religious freedoms

  • parental responsibilities

You can find out more about the sessions, read the transcripts and watch the proceedings here: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1620/the-governments-consultation-on-conversion-therapy/

Following these evidence sessions, the Committee wrote to Equalities Minister Mike Freer with its views about the Government's plans for a proposed ban on conversion therapy.

Read more about the Committee's views here: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1620/the-governments-consultation-on-conversion-therapy/news/159635/banning-conversion-practices-mps-express-concern-about-governments-proposals/

The Women and Equalities Committee is a cross-party group of MPs appointed by the House of Commons to examine the work of the Government Equalities Office (GEO). It holds Government to account on equality law and policy, including the Equality Act 2010 and cross Government activity on equalities. It also scrutinises the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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Transgender conversion therapy ban debated by MPs

On Monday 13 June, MPs debated a petition calling for transgender people to be included in the Government's proposed conversion therapy ban, which you signed. The debate was opened by Petitions Committee member Elliot Colburn MP, and Equalities Minister Mike Freer MP responded for the Government.

Watch the debate:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJp31qE36rQ&feature=youtu.be

Please note that technical difficulties during the debate mean that there is no sound between 1h 31m and 1h 37m. A full transcript of everything that was said during the debate, including while the sound was out, can be read here: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2022-06-13/debates/066BEE43-BF73-4FC2-B740-B789C37232F3/TransgenderConversionTherapy

Read House of Commons Library research on this issue: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cdp-2022-0103/

During the debate, MPs discussed petitioners' concerns about rising fuel costs, the impact of the recent 5p per litre cut in fuel duty, and wider concerns about the cost of living.

Government asked for update on plans to consider transgender conversion therapy

On 13 June the Minister for Equalities, Mike Freer responded to a letter from Catherine McKinnell MP, Chair of the Committee and Elliot Colburn MP, who opened the debate, asking for more details of the Government's plans regarding transgender conversion therapy. In his letter he says:

  • The Government believes that all conversion therapy practices are wrong, and we are committed to banning these practices for everyone

  • They are progressing legislation that seeks to protect everyone, including transgender people, from being subjected to practices that seek to change their sexual orientation

  • The Government will conduct “separate work” to consider the issue of transgender conversion therapy.

  • It is key that measures complement the existing clinical regulatory framework in this space, and that clinicians feel able to deliver legitimate therapies in supporting those experiencing gender dysphoria, especially those under 18

The Government also confirmed that it intends to publish its response to a recent public consultation on banning conversion therapy.

Read the full letter: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/22588/documents/166235/default/

The letter is in response to a letter from Catherine McKinnell MP, Chair of the Committee and Elliot Colburn MP, who opened the debate. You can read their letter here: https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/22274/documents/164874/default/

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