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Trans Conversion Therapy Ban Reversal Upsetting People in the UK

by | Nov 27, 2023

Every step forward in LGBTQ+ rights feels like a hard-won victory. The recent developments in the UK regarding trans conversion therapy are a sobering reminder of the battles yet to be fought. 

Conversion therapy is a policy debate that’s taking center stage. A concerning point affecting dignity and the rights of individuals in our community. 

As we expand on the upsetting potentials of this topic, it’s crucial to remember the human faces behind these political decisions. Some faces filled with hope for a future where acceptance isn’t just a possibility but a given, but others who hope to eradicate us.

UK Prime Minister Wants to Reverse the Ban on Trans Conversion Therapy

The UK’s desire to reverse the nam trans conversion therapy has sparked significant concern among LGBTQ+ advocates. This therapy, aimed at changing an individual’s gender identity or sexual orientation, has been a topic of contention. Originally promised a ban in 2018 by Theresa May’s government, the initiative faced setbacks under Boris Johnson, excluding transgender individuals. Recent developments under Rishi Sunak, pledging to make the practice illegal for “everyone,” seemed promising. However, the absence of this ban in the King’s Speech has led to accusations of government negligence towards the LGBTQ+ community.

Robbie de Santos, from Stonewall, criticizes the government’s inaction, fearing it perpetuates abuse against LGBTQ+ people. The government’s stance, while acknowledging the practice as “abhorrent,” remains cautious, citing the complexity of the issue. Campaigners argue this hesitation shows a disregard for LGBTQ+ rights and warn of the long-term impacts on the community’s trust in the government. Notably, high-profile individuals like Rylan Clark and Jade Thirwall have called out the government’s inaction as inherently homophobic.

Tory (the UK Conservative Party) Members of Parliament, like Elliot Colburn, are considering legislative amendments to enforce the ban. On the other side of the issue, Labour (the UK Labor Party) promises a comprehensive, trans-inclusive prohibition. This ongoing political tug-of-war leaves the LGBTQ+ community in a state of uncertainty, highlighting the crucial need for decisive action against trans conversion therapy.

The Dangers of Inaction Regarding Trans Conversion Therapy

The lack of action against trans conversion therapy in the UK is not just a local issue; it sets a dangerous precedent for other governments. History teaches us the perils of gradual rights erosion. The Nazi regime didn’t start by stripping away rights from everyone; initially, they targeted specific groups like the Jewish community. Similarly, failing to protect transgender individuals from conversion therapy could be the first step down a slippery slope. Eventually it could lead to broader rights infringements for the entire LGBTQ+ community.

This potential spread of discriminatory practices emphasizes the importance of vocal opposition from our community. Silence or inaction in the face of such threats can lead to normalization of these harmful practices. It’s imperative that we learn from history and recognize that the fight for rights is ongoing and interconnected. The struggle against trans conversion therapy is about defending the fundamental rights and dignities of all LGBTQ+ people.

How Can We Fight for the Rights of Those in Our Community? 

To combat the threat of trans conversion therapy, we can employ several effective strategies. 

First, grassroots advocacy through peaceful protests and awareness campaigns can create public pressure on governments. For example, the success of the Pride parades in raising awareness about LGBTQ+ rights demonstrates the power of visible, collective action.

Second, lobbying efforts can influence policy decisions. Engaging with politicians and policymakers, presenting evidence-based arguments against conversion therapy, can lead to legislative changes. The lobbying efforts by LGBTQ+ organizations in the U.S. have led to bans in several states, showcasing the impact of targeted advocacy.

Finally, community education is vital. Educating the broader public about the harms of trans conversion therapy and the importance of LGBTQ+ rights fosters empathy and support. Initiatives like school programs and community workshops can demystify LGBTQ+ issues, reducing stigma and building allies.

These methods, grounded in respect, empathy, and inclusivity, can effectively counter the threat of trans conversion therapy and champion the rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

Parents of trans community members march in a Pride parade.

What Do You Feel We Should Do To Protect Trans Rights?

As we navigate these turbulent waters, it’s crucial to keep the conversation going. What are your thoughts on the UK government’s stance on trans conversion therapy? Have you or someone you know been affected by such practices? Sharing your stories can shed light on the real-life impact of these policies and help build a community of support and understanding.

Moreover, how do you think we, as a community, can effectively fight for our rights? Are there specific actions or strategies you believe would make a difference? Your ideas and experiences are valuable in this collective effort to advocate for change.

Let’s use this space to connect, share, and mobilize. Your voice matters in this fight for equality and justice. Leave your comments below and join the dialogue for a more inclusive future.

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Sean Kivi

Sean Kivi


Sean Kivi holds a master's degree from the University of Nottingham in translation studies from Spanish to English. He specializes in writing about gay culture and its influence on discourse. Sean speaks Spanish fluently and focuses on translating gay-themed literature to English and analyzing the discourse to understand how our culture is universal yet distinct in countries worldwide. He has translated for authors in Mexico and completed case studies related to machismo and its influences on gay culture in Latin America.

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