Banning so-called ‘conversion therapy’ for all is supported by the vast majority of LGBTQ+ people, a joint survey from GAY TIMES and Channel 4 News has found.
Respondents were asked to rank certain issues affecting the community, with 92.6% stating that a full ban is ‘very important’ to them, 4.6% viewing it as of ‘average importance’ and only 2.8% believing it to be ‘not important’.
The findings come after widespread outrage at the UK government’s U-turns on introducing a comprehensive ban of the practice, which has now resulted in a watered down version of what was originally promised and would see adults still able to consent to undergoing it.
Trans people are not currently expected to be offered any protections by the legislation, with the government stating “different considerations” are needed for this. ‘Conversion therapy’ is typically defined as any attempt at changing a person’s sexuality or gender identity, often involving techniques such as electroshock therapy or prayer.