LGBT+ protesters get ready to unite and tell the government: Ban trans conversion therapy now
Protesters will descend on Westminster on Sunday (10 April) after the government announced that it will exclude trans people from its ban on conversion therapy.
The group Ban Conversion Therapy has organised the protest in London, stating in a Twitter post: “There must be no exemptions to ending abhorrent conversion practices. There is no excuse for abuse.”
“It’s shameful that the UK intends to deliberately exclude trans people from a ban in contrast to the approach taken by many countries, despite trans people being at a greater risk of experiencing the harmful and degrading practices,” the petition states.
“The government’s own figures show that trans people are nearly twice as likely to be at risk of experiencing the harmful and degrading practices of conversion therapy.”
PROTEST THIS SUNDAY
Join us to protest the Government's refusal to protect trans people in a ban on conversion therapy.
Sunday 10 April 1pm, opposite Downing Street SW1
— BanConversionTherapy (@BanCTorg) April 6, 2022
Boris Johnson doubled down on the decision to leave trans people out of a ban on conversion therapy on Wednesday (6 April).
“We will have a ban on gay conversion therapy, which to me is utterly abhorrent,” he said.
LGBT+ charity Stonewall said in a statement on Monday (4 April) that each passing day without a comprehensive and inclusive ban is another day where LGBT+ are suffering from harm.
“Trans people are no less worth of respect, care and protection than cis lesbian, gay and bi people,” Stonewall wrote.
“Conversion therapy is happening to LGBTQ+ people in the UK right now, and every day without a ban is a day where LGBTQ+ people remain at risk of lifelong harm.”
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