Sir Elton John, Stephen Fry and Dua Lipa have all signed an open letter to UK Women and Equalities Minister Liz Truss demanding to end to LGBT+ conversion therapies.
The open letter was sent to the Ban Conversion Therapy campaign group and calls for the end to the treatments “for all lesbian, gay, bi, trans and gender diverse people in the UK.”
“Any form of counselling or persuading someone to change their sexual orientation or behaviour so as to conform with a heteronormative lifestyle, or their gender identity should be illegal, no matter the reason, religious or otherwise – whatever the person’s age,” the letter also stated.
Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen, MPs Layla Moran and Angela Eagle and singer Sam Fender also backed the Ban Conversion Therapy campaign.
According to ‘Metro’, former prime minister Theresa May’s LGBT+ action plan in 2018 claimed the government would bring forward plans to “end the practice of conversion therapy” as a priority. However, in response to the online petition, minister Kemi Badenoch said in May that ministers thought it was a “very complex issue” and that the government still hasn’t decided how to proceed with the matter.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists – discussing the controversial practise – had stated: “The Royal College of Psychiatrists believes strongly in evidence-based treatment.
“There is no sound scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Furthermore, so-called treatments of homosexuality create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish.”
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