Make LGBT conversion therapy illegal in the UK

I would like the Government to: • make running conversion therapy in the UK a criminal offence • forcing people to attend said conversion therapies a criminal offence • sending people abroad in order to try to convert them a criminal offence • protect individuals from conversion therapy

This petition closed on 13 Sep 2020 with 256,392 signatures


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1. Make LGBT conversion therapy illegal in the UK
08/03/2020 - Petitions

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2. LGBTQ+ conversion therapy in the UK
04/06/2020 - Early Day Motions

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3. International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
15/05/2019 - Parliamentary Research

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1. LGBT Conversion Therapy
08/03/2021 - Westminster Hall

1: the Minister for Women and Equalities on LGBT conversion therapy, reported to the House on 27 July and 22 - Speech Link
2: innovation.Before we start our debate on LGBT conversion therapy, perhaps I can remind Members of one or - Speech Link
3: considered e-petition 300976 relating to LGBT conversion therapy.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link

2. Mental Health: Unregulated Treatment
02/03/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: counselling, and the research about harms done to individuals by unregulated counsellors. Of course, I will - Speech Link

3. LGBT Action Plan
03/07/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: bisexual and transgender people about their experiences of living in the UK. I pay tribute to my right - Speech Link

4. International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
16/05/2019 - Commons Chamber

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Recent Questions related to Make LGBT conversion therapy illegal in the UK
1. LGBT People: Gay Conversion Therapy
asked by: Lord Black of Brentwood
12/04/2021
... with the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives following that organisation's declaration against conversion therapy of December 2020.

2. LGBT People: Gay Conversion Therapy
asked by: Alicia Kearns
02/02/2021
... in which countries the UK Government is supporting efforts to end LGBTQ+ conversion therapy.

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Despite all major counselling and psychotherapy bodies in the UK, including the NHS, condemning LGBT conversion therapy, it is still legal and LGBT individuals in the UK are still exposed to this psychological and emotional abuse to this day. The very thought of this sickens me, and I would like to see it stopped one day.


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Government Response

The Government is committed to ensuring all citizens feel safe and protected from harm. We will work to deepen our understanding and consider all options for ending the practice of conversion therapy.


It is a fundamental principle of this Government that everyone should be free to live their lives as they wish. People must feel safe at home, out on the street and online.

Conversion therapy is a very complex issue. There are a wide range of practices which may fall within its scope and we want to ensure we have a thorough understanding of the situation in the UK to inform an effective approach. Before any decision is made on proposals for ending conversion therapy we must understand the problem, the range of options available and the impact they would have.

It is important to stress that certain abhorrent and violent practices which may be classed as conversion therapy such as ‘corrective’ rape, or other forms of physical abuse, are already covered by existing criminal offences. Where such practices are already unlawful, we will ensure the law is clear, well understood and enforced. Where dangerous conversion therapy practices are not already unlawful, we will examine the best ways to prevent them being conducted, without sending such practices underground. As we have said previously, we are not trying to prevent LGBT people from seeking spiritual support from their faith leader or others in the exploration of their sexual orientation.

The UK Government is committed to ensuring all citizens feel safe and are protected from harm. This is why we will work to deepen our understanding and consider all options for ending the practice of conversion therapy.

Government Equalities Office


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