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Why the Conversion Therapy Bill could be an own-goal

The government has formally announced that it will enact a ban on conversion therapy.

Comment David Shepherd
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Jayne Ozanne (blue mask) and others protesting against ‘conversion therapy’ in London | photo: Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash

The draft of the Conversion Therapy (Prohibition) Bill currently defines conversion therapy as: ‘any practice aimed at a person or group of people which demonstrates an assumption that any sexual orientation or gender identity is inherently preferable and which has the predetermined purpose of attempting to – (a) change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, or (b) suppress a person’s expression of sexual orientation or gender identity.’