Yesterday the Petitions Committee debated the issues raised in a petition to make LGBT conversion therapy illegal in the UK.
The petition which was signed by 256,392 people before being closed aimed to get the government to do four things:
· 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
While throughout the debate the cross-party support for the key issues of the subject was clear to see, confusion from the government’s stand on the issues raised in the debate.
When a response was given from the Minister for Equalities, Kemi Badenoch who responded on behalf of the government, the disappointment was evident in the statements she made.
"We will continue to ensure actions we take are proportionate and effective. And will set out our next steps soon" – Badenoch.
Missing out on an opportunity to clarify the government’s position on LGBT conversion therapy, and to give an update to the study Boris Johnson’s cabinet announced in July 2020.
On the 28th March 2021, it will mark 1,000 days since the moment the conservative government announced plans to ban LGBT conversion therapy as part of its LGBT action plan. This action plan was announced under former Prime Minister Theresa May in 2018, yet we are still waiting on changes to the law.
It would be nice to think this will be all solved sooner rather than later, however that does not seem to be the case. The comments made by minister Kemi Badenoch do not suggest a government that is close to the eradication of LGBT conversion therapy in the UK.
To watch the full debate you can visit YouTube.