Reverend Dr Helen Hall and Professor Javier García Oliva review the law on “conversion therapy” in the context of criminal and constitutional safeguards for equality and diversity

The government is moving forward with its plans of prohibiting “conversion therapy” – practices targeted at members of the LGBTQ+ community, with the aim of changing or suppressing their sexuality or gender identity. This has met with resistance from some quarters, and a group of 30 Conservative MPs have called for the process to be slowed down to allow more time for debate. Their primary stated objection is the proposed ban could potentially “criminalise legitimate therapies” currently provided to children experiencing gender dysphoria.  

What are the concerns?

To what extent is this a valid concern? Looking objectively at the government’s proposals, and also the inpu...

Reverend Dr Helen Hall
Associate Professor
Nottingham Law School

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