The government is committed to introducing legislation banning conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change a person’s sexuality or gender identity.
Women and Equality Minister Liz Truss said ministers wanted to end the “coercive and heinous” practice in England and Wales.
“As a world leader in LGBT rights, this government has always been committed to eradicating the practice of conversion therapy,” she said.
“We want to make sure that the people of this country are protected, and these proposals mean that no one will be subjected to coercive and heinous conversion therapy.
The move was announced in the Queen’s speech.
Before the legislation is introduced, a public consultation on government plans will take place.
According to the government’s Equality Office, this will aim to ensure that the ban ends the practice while protecting the medical profession, upholding free speech and respecting religious freedom.
In a briefing note sent by Downing Street, the government said it would ensure that any action it takes is “proportionate and effective” and “has no unintended consequences”.
Research has been commissioned into the scope of the practice and the experiences of those who have been subjected to it.
A victim support program will also be provided, the first time the government has offered such support.
Organizations will have the chance to bid on developing such a package, with the expectation that the supplier will be chosen by this summer.
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