“Gay conversion therapies” to be banned in the UK

So-called “gay conversion therapies” which claim to “cure” people of their homosexuality are to be banned in the UK.

This is part of a government plan to improve the lives of LGBT+ people. And follows a nationwide survey of 108,000 members of the LGBT+ community.

The survey found that five per cent of respondents had been offered and refused the therapy while a further two per cent had received therapy.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “This is a very extreme so-called therapy that is there to try and ‘cure’ someone from being gay – of course you can’t cure someone from being gay. In its most extreme form it can involve corrective rape.”

The government plan also aims to address anti-LGBT+ hate crime and improve support and services for LGBT+ teachers and pupils, as well as for transgender people.

The survey also found that more than two thirds of LGBT+ people feared holding hands in public.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “I was struck by just how many respondents said they cannot be open about their sexual orientation or avoid holding hands with their partner in public for fear of a negative reaction.

“No one should ever have to hide who they are or who they love. [The plan will] set out concrete steps to deliver real and lasting change across society.”