British government decides to finally ban ‘gay cure therapy’

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: British Prime Minister Theresa May visits Martinek joinery factory on August 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Hall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The UK government is re-assessing its policy on so-called conversion therapy practices that are proclaimed as changing people’s sexuality, but in fact they only cause physical and mental harm. The Government previously said that it “condemns any attempt to treat being gay, lesbian or bisexual as an illness” but refused to legally ban such practices. Now the Home Office has indicated it is ready to end ‘gay cure’ once and for all as the British LGBT population demanded it via nationwide survey.“This Government is absolutely clear that being LGBT is not an illness to be cured, and the practice of conversion therapy is wrong. In 2017, we conducted a national survey of LGBT people in the UK, which included questions about whether respondents have been offered or undertaken conversion therapy. This will help us investigate what additional steps we could take to end this practice. We are currently analysing the responses to the survey, and will be publishing a response later this year,” said the spokesman on the government’s behalf.


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