Yet another Government betrayal over Conversion Therapy
Originally published by LGBT+ Liberal Democrats
Yesterday was Trans Day of Visibility. It's a day for celebrating trans and non-binary people in all walks of life and making clear our commitment to delivering justice for all Trans people. As Mermaids said in one of their posts on the day: ally is a verb. We need to step up.
Sadly, the day was brought to a close by something that likely won't come as a surprise to members of Plus: a Government betrayal over LGBT+ rights. After more than a thousand days of dither and delay on the conversion therapy ban, it emerged that the Government had planned to drop the ban later this year. Our equalities Parliamentary Spokesperson, Wera Hobhouse, condemned this as "not just another U-turn from the Tories, but giving the green light to a form of torture".
Later in the evening, the Government part u-turned on the u-turn, saying that the ban on LGB conversion therapy would go ahead - but that trans people would still be subject to this cruel treatment. This is despite the full EHRC consultation calling for the ban to cover gender identity as well as sexuality.
I'm sure you're as outraged as we are. We need a ban on conversion therapy for all LGBT+ people now. Make sure you sign and share the party's petition here.