Statement on exclusion of transgender people from ‘conversion therapy’ legislation

by Just Like Us
April 2022

So-called 'conversion therapy' is a very harmful practice

Following the announcement that the government’s pledge to ban so-called ‘conversion therapy’ is now set to not include transgender people as ITV News reports, Dominic Arnall, Chief Executive of Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity, says: “After four years of pledges, delays and multiple u-turns the government has now announced that conversion therapy legislation will not protect trans people.

“This news will be weighing very heavily on LGBT+ young people this morning – particularly trans young people.

“Promising to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people while excluding trans people sends an abhorrent message that trans people are not worthy of the same rights, dignity and safety as their peers. 

“Excluding trans people from these protections could lead directly to an escalation in this damaging practice aimed at trans young people and will certainly impact the mental health and wellbeing of whole generations of trans young people who will be forced to live with the consequences of this u-turn. 

“At Just Like Us we want to send a clear message to trans young people that who you are is something to be celebrated. We call on the government to immediately rethink this damaging, dangerous idea and again commit to protecting and supporting all LGBT+ people.”

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