Support Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy

Target: Theresa May, British Prime Minister

Goal: Support expected gay conversion therapy ban in the UK and encourage this momentum to continue worldwide.

The British government announced that “gay conversion therapy” will soon be outlawed, in a major victory for human rights in the fight against discrimination. The move comes during Pride Week in London, following a survey that revealed the unacceptable levels of intolerance faced by the LGBTQ community. The government-conducted survey interviewed 108,000 LGBTQ people. It found that 40% of respondents had experienced hate incidents (nine out of ten of those incidents go unreported), 23% experienced discrimination in the workplace, and more than 67% were afraid to reveal their sexual orientation in public out of fear of backlash. This number is even higher for minorities and people who are transgender. In addition, over 2,000 respondents had been made to undergo conversion therapy.

The initiative will look at both “legislative and non-legislative options to prohibit promoting, offering or conducting conversion therapy.” Conversion “therapy” is based on the idea that anyone who is not heterosexual and cisgendered suffers from a mental illness which can be “cured”—despite the fact that homosexuality was declassified as a mental condition by the World Health Organization over 15 years ago. The techniques used are also widely discredited, with no evidence that they work. As Prime Minister May states, “No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they love. This LGBT action plan will set out concrete steps to deliver real and lasting change across society, from health and education to tackling discrimination and addressing the burning injustices that LGBT people face.” Sign below to support this move and encourage that action continue to be taken to combat discrimination worldwide.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister May,

The UK’s plan to ban gay conversion therapy is a vital step forward in the fight against discrimination and injustice for the LGBTQ community. These therapies promote injustice and cruelty in addition to being ineffective and outmoded, and outlawing them sends an important message in moving toward equal rights.

As Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall, rightly points out, this announcement marks an “important first step” but must lead to “tangible change” to truly make a difference: “Laws have improved and attitudes have changed, but our society still treats LGBT people like second-class citizens.” And, as Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt states, “I am incredibly proud of the UK’s global leadership on LGBT equality and the fact that this is the largest survey of its kind, but many of the results are very disturbing. It’s unacceptable that people feel they cannot hold hands with their partner in public, and that they are unable to walk down the street without fear of abuse. It is also deeply worrying that LGBT people experience difficulty accessing public services such as health care, and that so many are being offered the abhorrent practice of conversion therapy.”

I support the UK’s commitment to ensuring that all its citizens are allowed to be themselves without fear of retribution, and urge you to continue down this path toward equal rights in action as well as words.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: MangakaMaiden Photography

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4 Comments

  1. Assholes overseas too.

  2. Still with one foot in the Dark Ages!

  3. Carol Minardi says:

    Choosing to be gay is an abomination

  4. gen agustsson says:

    ban conversion therapy worldwide cause its torture and its wrongful.

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