News Brief: UK Petitions to make “Gay Cure Therapy” Illegal

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News Brief UK Petitions “Gay Cure Therapy” Illegal

News Brief UK Petitions “Gay Cure Therapy” Illegal

News Brief: UK Petitions to make “Gay Cure Therapy” Illegal

A petition has been launched in the UK to finally make gay cure therapy illegal.  Although it is still currently legal to practice the so-called therapy, the NHS has banned its use.

LGBT activists have called for the practice to be outlawed before, but the government rejected a previous petition on the issue.  At the time a minister claimed the government was “not aware” of gay cure therapy being carried out in the UK – just a week after a man who practices the debunked therapy was interviewed on Good Morning Britain.

Now an undercover journalist, who exposed a church that was practicing gay cure therapy, has launched a new petition to have it banned.  Josh Parry, a Liverpool Echo journalist, said, “Earlier this year the Department of Health acknowledged that conversion therapy is not only ineffective, but also dangerous.  They also claimed they are already doing enough to make sure it doesn’t happen – however our investigation proved it still goes on today.  So why haven’t they banned it yet?  Studies show that those who undergo ‘conversion’ are 8.9x more likely to have suicidal thoughts, and 5.9x more likely to suffer depression.  They are dangerous and do not work so today we’re calling upon the government to make offering these ‘therapies’ a criminal offence and call an end to these harmful practices once and for all.”

If the petition gets 100,000 signatures before April 27 2018, the government will be forced to debate the matter in parliament.

To join the cause and sign the petition, click here.