The UK Government has finally announced a ban on conversion practices – but under the proposed legislation trans people will not be protected
Over 145,000 people signed the petition ‘Ensure Trans people are fully protected under any conversion therapy ban.’ Parliament must therefore debate the proposition, and this debate will take place on Monday 13 June at 4.30 p.m. This date is a week earlier than originally announced.
This means there is still time to write to your MP and urge them to speak up for trans people in this debate. You might draw their attention to the statements from the British Medical Association (BMA) BMA Statement
and the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) BACP statement
and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU ) signed by over 25 health, counselling and psychotherapy organisations which calls for an end to the practice of conversion therapy in the UK.
These professionals do not see a conflict between their professional practice and a trans inclusive ban. Rather they call for an end for everyone to what the government themselves described as ‘the coercive and abhorrent practice of conversion therapy.’ When introducing their consultation on Banning Conversion Therapy in December 2021, the government also stated ‘we want every individual to have the freedom to be themselves.’ But now we find they have let our loved ones down.
Please Contact your MP and ask them to speak up for our families in the debate and support a trans-inclusive ban on conversion therapy.
Please add your personal experiences to this professional evidence and urge your MP to ensure that the government makes good on their promise to protect everyone. Our trans children deserve the same rights, respect and protection from coercive and abhorrent practices as their cisgender siblings.