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Gay conversion therapies to be banned

LGBT SURVEY: The government is planning to to ban gay conversion therapies

GAY CONVERSION therapies that attempt to “cure” LGBT people are to be banned.

Prime minister Theresa May has promised to “eradicate the abhorrent practice” as part of a new LGBT action plan.

The announcement comes after the publication of the government’s national survey of LGBT people, the largest of report of its kind with more than 108,000 participants.

The survey found that 2 per cent of respondents had been on the receiving end of conversion therapy. Another 5 per cent responded saying that they the “treatment” had been offered to them.

May said the responses were “overwhelming” and said that they “shone a light on the many areas we can improve the lives of LGBT people".

Women and equalities minister Penny Mordaunt, whose department was behind the action plan, said: "This government has done much to promote a diverse, tolerant society and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, but it is clear we have more to do.

"Our action plan is a step towards everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics being able to live safe, happy and healthy lives where they can be themselves without fear of discrimination.

The action plan devised as a result of the findings sets out 75 points to help better the lives and experiences of LGBT people in the UK.

Among the action points are the introduction of a new national LGBT health adviser role to help improve access to healthcare services and increased support for teachers and pupils.

Dawn Butler, Labour’s shadow women and equalities minister, said: "Much of this plan is yet more reviews and consultations. After years of empty rhetoric and broken promises, we need to see concrete actions to show the government is serious about tackling the inequalities faced by LGBT+ communities."

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