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UK drops in LGBTQ+ rights ranking over trans ‘conversion therapy’

Britain dropped in an annual ranking of European countries’ LGBTQ+ rights on Thursday, with activists citing the exclusion of transgender people from an upcoming ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’.
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Downing Street protesters demand ban on conversion therapy for trans people
Boris Johnson of breaking promises following the controversial announcement, which came amid a series of U-turns on the issue and sparked widespread criticism.Now the PM’s own LGBT adviser has expressed his ‘dismay’ at the plan, which has led to the Government cancelling a landmark equality festival after various organisations pulled out.At the demonstration in Westminster this afternoon, protesters chanted ‘Shame on them (the government)’, ‘keep trans in the ban’ and ‘LGB with the T’, in reference to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans movement.There was also a similar protest in Belfast.Campaigner Peter Tatchell told the crowd that the only ban worth having is one that includes everyone.Standing outside Downing Street, Mr Tatchell said: ‘We were promised a total ban.To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video‘(Mr Johnson) has given us a half-baked ban, which we will never ever accept.‘The only ban worth having is a ban for everyone, including trans people.’He added that those who attended had sent a signal to the PM and the rest of the country.Pink, white and blue trans pride flags were out in force as demonstrators held signs saying ‘Pride is a protest’ and ‘Queerness doesn’t need a cure’.It comes after the Government has faced fierce criticism last week over promised legislation to outlaw conversion therapy, and its backtracking on commitments to include transgender people in the ban.At least 100 LGBT+ and HIV organisations pulled out of the UK’s first international conference on LGBT rights, Safe To Be Me, leading to its cancellation.Conversion therapy is a discredited practice attempting to change someone’s sexual orientation through physical,
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Gentleman Jack’s Suranne Jones reveals playing ‘first modern lesbian’ has ‘changed people’s lives’: ‘There’s no other period drama like this’
Gentleman Jack star Suranne Jones revealed she was amazed to learn that her character in the BBC period drama was hailed as an LGBT icon.The 43-year-old actress stars as the intriguing landowner Anne Lister in the popular programme – which is based on the true story of real-life diarist Anne – who in the first series began a romance with another woman.Season one of the series ended with her and Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) declaring their love for each other and running off to get married, but what trouble awaits them in the second chapter?Well, fans won’t have long to wait as series two makes its debut on the small screen tomorrow (April 10).Speaking about the show’s highly-anticipated return at the London launch, Suranne was overwhelmed that her starring role has made a powerful impact.‘The fact that it’s changed people’s lives is extraordinary,’ she said.‘I think when we first talked about what Sally’s Gentleman Jack was going to be, it was almost like a steampunk period drama.‘There’s no other period drama like this,’ she added.The upcoming eight-parter will pick up in Yorkshire in 1834, as all eyes turn to the happily married Anne and Ann, as they’re determined to combine their estates and make their mark as a power couple.Fans were treated to the official promo pictures in February this year, and the snaps show the Vigil star, actress Gemma Whelan (Marian Lister), and Lydia Leonard (Mariana Lawton) rocking the historical attire.57 new EastEnders spoiler pictures reveal Sam's major secret and attack outcomeEastEnders star Tanya Franks 'thrilled' by Rainie and Stuart pairing HIGNFY: Ian Hislop rips into Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak and calls for them to resignGemma Jones, Timothy West, Katherine Kelly, Derek Riddell,
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First openly trans MP accuses government of ‘breaking promise’ to LGBT people
ban on conversion therapy.Jamie Wallis, Conservative MP for Bridgend, came out in defence of trans rights this week, accusing Boris Johnson of ‘breaking his promise’ to LGBT+ people.The Welsh Backbencher was praised for his bravery last week after he revealed he is trans in a highly personal statement on Twitter. Following theTory U-turn on the conversion therapy ban, he said it is ‘wrong to exclude protections for a whole group of people’ from an ‘abhorrent’ practice.‘I hope the announcement that a separate piece of work will now be done on this issue will be done at speed,’ Mr Wallis added.‘If the CT (conversion therapy) ban passes through Parliament without any protections for the transgender community, it cannot be described as anything other than a broken promise.’His comments come as more than 100 charities, including Stonewall, plan to boycott the government’s first global LGBT+ conference over its stance on conversion therapy.It is now unclear if the ‘Safe To Be Me: Global Equality Conference’ in London will go ahead after the LGBT+ and HIV charities, along with major sponsors, pulled out just three months before the event.A government spokesperson said it was ‘disappointing’ to see partners quit the conference, which was set to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first ever London Pride march.They added officials are still ‘considering how to proceed’.In a statement on Twitter yesterday, Stonewall said it will only participate if the prime minister reverts to his promise for a trans-inclusive ban on conversion therapy.‘This is a decision we take with a heavy heart,’ it said.
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UK PM Boris Johnson Doubles Down On Trans ‘Conversion Therapy’ Exemption
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a Conservative, received backlash from health and LGBTQI organisations after doubling down on exempting trans kids from the ban on ‘conversion therapy.’In an interview with SkyNews, Johnson remarked that he is “sad” about the backlash but said, “I don’t think that it’s reasonable for kids to be deemed so-called Gillick-competent to take decisions about their gender or irreversible treatments that they may have. I think there should be parental involvement at the very least.” He finished the statement by saying that he is understanding of people’s situations and supportive if people want to “change” genders. Boris Johnson explains why he is exempting trans children from the ban on conversion therapy He also ranges more widely on the issue of competing rights for the first timeFull exchange: pic.twitter.com/cRY2ohXev1— Sam Coates Sky (@SamCoatesSky) April 6, 2022The acting chair of the British Medical Association’s (BMA) representative body, Dr Latifa Patel, disagreed with Johnson and believes that “conversion therapy should be banned “in its entirety. “While this is now supposedly happening for gay and bisexual people, it seems the Government will only rely on current legislation or non-legislative options for transgender people who are subjected to the practice.
Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British politician, author, and former journalist who has served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2019. He was Foreign Secretary from 2016 to 2018 and Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016. Johnson was Member of Parliament (MP) for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and has been MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015. Ideologically, he identifies as a one-nation conservative.
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