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Saturday, 04 August 2018 21:17

UK will ban "conversion therapies" but not only...

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75 recommendations were presented to the government to promote equality and combat discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Equal Opportunities Office will take care of that.

"We will thoroughly examine all legislative and non-legislative options to prohibit the promotion, offering or conduct of conversion therapy," the government said. "Our intention is to protect vulnerable people from danger or violence, whether in a medical, commercial or denominational context."

These recommendations were made following a national survey conducted last year.

Several things were highlighted:

  • 2% of those interviewed had undergone a "conversion therapy." It's a small percentage, but it's a lot of people!

  • One-third of respondents doesn't feel free to be openly LGBT and are afraid to hold their partner's hand in public for fear of a negative reaction.

"I was struck by the number of people who said they were not open to their sexual orientation or to not hold their partner's hand in public for fear of a negative reaction," said British Prime Minister Theresa May.

"No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they like.This LGBT action plan will present concrete steps to bring about real and lasting change in society, from health and education to the fight against discrimination and the grievous injustices faced by LGBT people."

  • 67% of transgender people aren't open about their gender identity.

  • 70% of respondents consider their sexual orientation as a minority.

The results of this survey are sad. I'm glad to see the British government plans to take action. They will apparently start by banning "conversion therapies" for LGBT minors.

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