EDM #219, tabled by a cross-party group of MPs including Sandra Osborne (Lab), Crispin Blunt (Con) and Stephen Gilbert (LD), calls on the government to ban conversion therapy for under-18s, prevent psychotherapists from practicing conversion and investigate links between medical professionals and conversion therapists.
Please feel free to use our draft letter and write to your local MP asking them to support the EDM.
This petition will be formally presented to Parliament by Diana Johnson MP on Monday 15th July. It declares that the petitioners believe that being lesbian, gay, or bisexual is not a disease, disorder, or illness and cannot therefore be “cured” or changed. We therefore call on the government to control “conversion” or “reparative” therapy by banning it completely for those under the age of 18 and making it available to those over 18 only after informed written consent, and only when carried out by a licensed medical practitioner.
In California it is now ILLEGAL to offer conversion therapy or ‘gay cures’ – the erroneous and harmful pretence that a person’s sexuality can be changed by therapy – to under-18s. But in Britain, anybody can set themselves up as a Psychotherapist and get away with effectively abusing their patients.
Although the main psychotherapy associations have said that this therapy does not work, does harm, and therefore should not be carried out, there is a loophole in the law which means it can still be offered. We believe the law must be changed to prevent people’s lives being ruined. Homosexuality is not a disease, and it cannot be cured!
Return Completed Petition Forms to:
Hull and East Riding Labour LGBT+ Network
c/o Sycamore Suite
Community Enterprise Centre