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ADDED ON: 03/17/2021

LGBT+groups from eight parties call for legislation to ban conversion therapy

03/15/2021 | Evening Standard

L GBT+ groups from eight political parties have called on the Government to introduce a legislative ban on conversion therapy. They have written to the Government Equalities Office after what they describe as a “disappointingly weak” response from Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch during a recent petitions committee debate. The groups, which include LGBT+ Conservatives, LGBT+ Labour, and LGBT+ Liberal Democrats say the minister “pointedly avoided” using the word ban, instead saying end, and did not refer to gender identity or expression. They also say they understand there has been little ministerial engagement with survivors of conversion therapy. In the letter to Women and Equalities Minister Liz Truss they write: “Without a legislative ban, the Government cannot end conversion therapy. The longer we wait, the weaker the words and intentions sound

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