UK Govt Outlines New Initiative for LGBT Communities

06 Juillet, 2018, 04:34 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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"We will bring forward proposals to end the practice of conversion therapy in the United Kingdom, and take further action on hate crime as part of our upcoming refresh of the 2016 Hate Crime Action Plan.' One man, named only as Dean, told yesterday of how he had gone through two exorcisms to get rid of a 'gay demon" which had apparently found its way inside him.

I am incredibly proud of the UK's global leadership on LGBT equality and the fact that this is the largest survey of its kind, but numerous results are very disturbing.

Thousands of gay people have been offered the therapy, which claims to be able to make them heterosexual, a survey for the Government found.

More than two in three of those who participated in the survey said they avoided holding hands with a same-sex partner in public for fear of a negative reaction, while 23 percent said people at work had reacted negatively to them being LGBT and over half of those who accessed or tried to access mental health services said they had to wait too long.

Prime Minister Theresa May has voiced her support, saying "nobody should ever have to hide who they are".

In addition to ending conversion therapy, the government's 75-point plan includes appointing a national LGBTQ health adviser to reduce the health inequalities LGBTQ people face and taking further action to prevent and report LGBTQ hate crimes.

Without giving specific details, the government said it would "bring forward proposals to eradicate conversion therapy" and will "consider all legislative and non-legislative options to prohibit promoting, offering or conducting conversion therapy".

Equalities minister Penny Mordaunt told BBC Breakfast: "There's still much more that we need to do to enable people to thrive, to access healthcare services and to ensure that they can go about their daily business without fear or feeling intimidated".

People identifying as transgender accounted for 13% of respondents.

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Labour's shadow equalities minister, Dawn Butler, welcomed the government's attention to LGBT+ issues, but said its plans still lack concrete reform.

The Government has announced a consultation on how to ban the "abhorrent" practice after a survey found that thousands of people have been offered the so-called treatment.

It comes after a large government survey assessed some of the difficulties facing LGBT people living in the UK.

"It's absolutely vital that more is done to stamp out this demeaning and unethical act", said a statement by Ruth Hunt, chief executive of gay rights campaign group Stonewall.

"You can not force people to be gay just because they have the feelings".

Global Positioning System in Northern Ireland have welcomed a Government move to ban "gay conversion" therapy.

"We can not achieve true equality and respect for LGBT rights whilst harmful, prejudiced, and discriminatory practices are permitted to take place, regardless of where those practices are occuring".

However, Mike Davidson, director of the Ballynahinch-based Core Issues Trust, which provides gay conversion therapy, said a ban would simply "force it underground" and "increase demand".

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