Tewkesbury Liberal Democrats

Ban Conversion Therapy for all

Conversion therapy, an abhorrent and harmful practice which seeks to suppress or change a sexual orientation and/or gender identity, or to induce or compel a person to do so, is still practiced throughout the UK.

Despite repeated commitments, government has not proposed any legislation or other action to end conversion therapy. Reported in a 2017 Government survey of LGBT+ people, nearly 1 in 13 LGBT+ people have been offered, or compelled to receive, conversion therapy, rising to 1 in 7 among transgender people, with transgender men being the most at-risk. According to that same survey, 51% of conversion therapy practices are conducted by faith organisations, with a further 19% being conducted by healthcare and medical professionals.

The Liberal Democrats champion the autonomy of the individual, the fostering of diversity, and the right to privacy, including the right to medical autonomy. These principles are crucial to the protection of LGBT+ orientations and identities. Our commitment to ensure that the withdrawal of medical conversion therapy by NHS England is effectively extended to transgender, non-binary, and intersex people.

We call for:

1) The trans-inclusive banning of conversion practices in all forms - this should include the following:

  1. A criminal ban on all forms of conversion therapy; including those claiming to be psychiatric, psychological, therapeutic, or consultative; or a religious practice such as a prayer or exorcism; or any other medical, scientific, or cultural activity seeking to suppress or change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.
  2. A criminal ban on referrals, transportation of minors overseas, and advertising and promotion, for any of the above.
  3. No exemption for religious and faith-based organisations for any of the above

2) A campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of conversion therapy among vulnerable people and in social environments where conversion therapy is most likely to be promoted.

3) Our MP works to ensure that all LGBT+ people are able to live in freedom, authenticity, and safety.

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