A new bill to outlaw gay conversion therapy has been proposed at the House of Commons.
The backbench bill received a flood of support when it was brought to the table on Wednesday.
But with the government promising to outlaw the ‘cure’ therapy several times over the years, will it finally be time for the UK to officially outlaw the harmful practise and show their support for LGBT+ people?
The Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill
House of Commons (Wikimedia Commons)
The backbench bill, proposed by Labour MP Geraint Davies, intends to cement the government’s pledge to ban the therapy.
Named the Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Regulation) Bill, the proposal hopes to prohibit “unqualified people masquerading as clinicians” practising any gay cure methods.
The bill has received support from 22 cross-party MPs, including Sarah Champion, Jared O’Mara and Nigel Evans.
What Happens in Gay Cure Therapy?
Gay ‘cure’ therapy, which is commonly known as gay conversion therapy, has been known to be carried out in several institutions across the UK.
The practise, which is carried out by those purporting to make an LGBT+ person straight, is also known as gay ‘cure’ therapy.
Facilitators carrying out the treatment have been known to use electric shock therapy, nausea-inducing drugs and other forms of torture to ‘rid’ a gay person of their sexuality.
Extremist Evangelical sects have been known to carry out the treatment, as well as individual therapists.
It’s Not The Fire Time Someone Has Attempted to Outlaw Gay Conversion Therapy
Geraint Davies MP (Wikimedia Commons)
Many people already believe that gay conversion therapy has been outlawed.
But Geraint Davies MP is one of the politicians who has been fighting for the practise to be outlawed since 2014.
Although he previously presented a Private Members’ Bill attempting to outlaw the treatment, it was not passed.
Davies hopes that this time, the government will stand up and take notice.
“I spoke to a constituent who suffered under damaging ‘treatment’ by an unregulated psychotherapist,” Davies told Rights Info.
“Unqualified people masquerading as clinicians have the power to cause enormous damage if they are not properly regulated, and this is clearly seen through the way that gay to straight conversion therapy causes LGBT people across the country to suffer.
This is the second time I am putting forward this bill because this injustice must stop, and it must stop now.”
Outlawing Gay Conversion Therapy
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“My bill will give the opportunity to fast-track this legislation and to make sure this is not yet more empty words from the Government.”
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