Theresa May calls on Boris Johnson to ban trans ‘conversion therapy’
Theresa May has called on Boris Johnson to ban trans ‘conversion therapy’.
In recent years, LGBTQ+ activists in the UK have urged the government to ban the practice in its entirety.
“Conversion therapy” is generally defined as any attempt to change someone’s sexuality or gender identity, often involving techniques such as electroconvulsive therapy or prayer.
In 2018, the former prime minister pledged to rid the country of the nefarious method. However, since his departure, Johnson has yet to make any significant changes.
In April, the government made a Back on his decision to ban “conversion therapy” fully, however, after a fierce backlash, he made another U-turn and simply opted to ban its use by gay people – but not transgender people people.
“Recognizing the complexity of the issues and the need for further reflection, we will conduct separate work to further examine the issue of transgender conversion therapy,” he said in a statement on April 4.
The government’s decision has since been met with pushback from LGBTQ+ advocates and political figures like May.
In a recent interview with the i, the 65-year-old urged the country’s current leaders to ban all forms of traumatic practice.
“Few people, reading the stories of trans people in our survey, would disagree that they still face indignities and prejudice despite deserving of understanding and respect,” said she declared.
“It’s been almost five years since this inquiry was launched, and in that time the debate about trans people has become more, not less, divisive.”
May went on to say that just because a topic is “controversial” doesn’t mean it should be avoided.
“To that end, the government must deliver on its commitment to look into the issue of transgender conversion therapy.
“If it’s not in the upcoming bill, then the matter must not be allowed to slide.”
May’s comments come weeks after MPs debated banning ‘conversion therapy’ for all LGBTQ+ people after a petition on the matter reached over 145,000 signatures.
The discussion, which took place on June 13 in Westminster Hall, brought together a range of representatives from various parties advocating for a full and comprehensive ban.
Among them was Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North and former leader of the Labor Party, who compared the current situation to the ‘dark days of Section 28’.