Rachel has welcomed Government proposals to ban the “cruel and barbaric” practice of LGBT conversion therapy.

Earlier this year, the Minister for Equalities, Liz Truss, announced the Government’s intention to introduce a legislative ban on the practice which seeks to change people’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

The next step in the process to introduce a ban has been taken following the launch of a six-week consultation.

Throughout the summer, further engagement was carried out with victims of conversion therapy, many of whom detailed the devastating impacts on their mental health.

Growing international evidence suggests that there is a strong link between conversion therapy and serious psychological harm. The Government will make funding available to support victims of conversion therapy practices, making sure that those who need help can access it.

The Government’s proposals to ban conversion therapy in England and Wales include:

  • Ensuring physical conversion therapy acts are sentenced appropriately and introducing a new offence for so-called talking conversion therapies
  • Ensuring those found guilty of conversion therapy offences have any profit they obtained from those crimes removed, and strengthening the case for individuals to be disqualified from holding a senior role in a charity where they are convicted of a conversion therapy offence
  • Introducing Conversion Therapy Protection Orders to protect potential victims from undergoing the practice, including abroad – this could include removing passports of potential victims, who are at risk of being taken overseas for conversion therapy
  • Exploring further measures to prevent the promotion of conversion therapy

The consultation will allow individuals to express their views on these proposals, presenting a vital opportunity for the public and key stakeholders to work with the government to develop an effective ban.

Once the consultation has closed, the responses will inform further refinements to the proposals. The Government will prepare and introduce legislation by spring 2022.

Rachel said:

“Everyone should be free to be who they are and to love who they love.

“Conversion therapy is cruel and barbaric and has no place in our country.

“It may seem like a hidden issue, but it isn’t, and I know this practice has impacted people right here in Redditch. In my surgeries I have heard first hand of the impact conversion therapy has had on constituents and that is why I am determined to support the ban on this coercive practice.”

The consultation can be found here.