Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the NEU, said:

“The Government should ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’ for lesbian, gay and bisexual people and for trans and non-binary people. The ban must extend to and protect trans and non-binary people equally. 

“NHS England and other major psychological bodies in the UK have warned explicitly that all forms of conversion therapy are unethical and potentially harmful. 

“Conversion therapy is used by psychological bodies to cover models of therapy which demonstrate an assumption that any sexual orientation of gender identity is inherently preferable to any other or which seeks to suppress somebody’s expression of sexual orientation or gender identity on the basis of such a bias. This perpetuates prejudice and undermines the wellbeing and rights of LGBT+ people. 

“Making sure that the public are well informed about the risks of conversion therapy can be achieved without discouraging or isolating people who want support around their sexual orientation or gender identity from seeking qualified and appropriate help.

“The Government should be working with all the major psychological bodies in the UK who are working collectively to improve the support and help available to those at risk from conversion therapy. They must confirm that all conversion therapy is unethical and incompatible with equalities legislation and inclusive values.”


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