Yesterday, May 10, Prince Charles addressed the UK on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, promising to deliver on the long-proposed conversion therapy ban which, it is now confirmed, will not cover Trans people.
“Legislation will be introduced to ban conversion therapy,” he promised from the House of Lords chamber at the State Opening of Parliament, sitting upon a gold throne surrounded by finery.
The ban not only omits gender identity conversion therapy, but will also fail to protect ‘consenting adults’ from the outdated practice deemed dangerous and akin to torture by many, including UN expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, Victor Madrigal-Borloz.
The UK government has confirmed at the Queen’s Speech that trans people will not be covered in a long delayed ban on “abhorrent” conversion therapy practices. And the ban on homosexual conversion therapy will cover all attempts….
— Jhawn Paul (@PinkSheepNews) May 11, 2022
“Practices of conversion therapy are not only ineffective, but they can also be extremely harmful. They often lead to pain and suffering that will last far beyond their occurrence, leaving indelible scars on a person’s body and mind,” he said. “The combined effects of feeling powerless and extreme humiliation generate profound feelings of shame, guilt, self-disgust and worthlessness, which can result in a damaged self-concept and enduring personality changes.”
With regards to “consent”, the ban will only “protect under-18s, regardless of circumstance, and over-18s who do not consent and who are coerced or forced to undergo conversion therapy practice”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously declared the inclusion of the Trans community in the Conversion Therapy (Prohibition) Bill too “complex” to legislate, according to PinkNews, with a former LGBTQ+ government advisor calling this decision “immoral”.
Read our response. to the UK government's proposed legislation to ban conversion therapy in England and Wales. The proposal is far from that previously promised to the LGBT+ community.https://t.co/9TTsNK9X87#lgbt #lgbtcommunity #banconversiontherapy #conversiontherapy pic.twitter.com/E1qsynX8c9
— PCS Union (@pcs_union) May 11, 2022
“By creating a loophole of consent, the government continues to ignore the advice of legal experts and survivors like myself, who know that this will continue to put many lives at risk,” said Jayne Ozanne. “It is utterly immoral they have omitted trans people from a ban and created so many loopholes, that risk making this is a ban in name only.”
The UK government itself conducted research which indicates that Trans people are almost twice as likely as cisgender people to go through or be offered conversion therapy, and yet these are the very people the prohibitive bill neglects to protect.
— Trans Radio UK "Support Trans Kids" (@transradiouk) May 11, 2022
“A ban on conversion practices that doesn’t cover both sexual orientation and gender identity protects nobody,” said a Stonewall spokesperson. “Those who want to erase or suppress LGBTQ+ people from living their lives do not differentiate between the two.”
“Globally, all recent bans have covered both because the international community recognize that the motivations behind the practice stem from one thing: a hatred of LGBTQ+ people,” they continued. “The UK Government must stop playing politics with our lives and introduce a ban that protects all LGBTQ+ people.”
— Michael Cashman ???️⚧️?️????? (@mcashmanCBE) May 10, 2022
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