The BBC reports:
The government insists it will ban so-called conversion therapy for gay or bisexual people in England and Wales – but not for transgender people. It comes hours after it had said it would drop plans for the ban entirely.
The announcement on Thursday evening that ministers would explore non-legislative routes to stop the practice was criticised by LGBT groups and MPs.
The legislation will mean therapy to attempt to change peoples’ sexuality will be outlawed, but those practices carried out to change peoples’ gender identity will not.
What a stupid mess. Expect much more on this.
If true, I’m pleased the Prime Minister has listened to our colleagues.
However we cannot exclude our trans friends – why should quacks and charlatans be allowed to continue to cause life-long harm to them? https://t.co/2qmbnMVktH
— Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton (@aliciakearns) March 31, 2022
Sources suggest Equalities Minister Liz Truss is heading to No 10 today to see the PM about conversion therapy. She’s just touched down from India and as far as we understand it she was unaware that the ban was about to be ditched, before last night’s u-turn.
— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) April 1, 2022
Conversion therapy for the LGBTQ+ community is incredibly dangerous and has no place in Britain or the world
There should be no need for any kind of U-turn, ban it for every single person, nobody should be subjected to it pic.twitter.com/apvCEyQzxY
— Dr Amir Khan GP (@DrAmirKhanGP) April 1, 2022
We urge the government to legislate for a full ban on conversion therapy. Sexual orientation and gender identity are sacred gifts and practices that seek to change, suppress or ‘cure’ them are deeply harmful. #LGBT https://t.co/gz3mPY6RZy
— Quakers in Britain (@BritishQuakers) April 1, 2022
Everyone has a right to a life lived to its full potential. While conversion therapy continues,many will only know grief. Please, please, please tell your MP, of whatever party, to tell Johnson to honour his pledge to ban conversion therapy this year. RT if you agree.
— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) March 31, 2022
Boris Johnson has been forced to backtrack on a government u-turn after a furious response by MPs and campaigners to his decision to drop plans to ban so-called gay conversion therapy. pic.twitter.com/INpdmwKTSS
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) April 1, 2022