“Why Does Conversion Therapy Still Exist?”
The Trades Union Progress (TUC) held their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) conference, where several healthcare organisations came together to discuss and promote the banning of conversion therapy in the UK.
“In 2017 why does conversion therapy still exist? Why does society allow a practice that is not scientific, rational or ethical, which places people in harm’s way and allows prejudice and discrimination to flourish?
"There are individuals and establishments across the globe that offer a range of horrific and harmful practices for both ‘curing’ homosexuality and treatments to ‘restore’ trans individuals to their birth gender.
"Treatments vary from talking therapies to spiritual interventions, from electric shock therapy to nausea-inducing drugs.”
Scrase called on unions to oppose the therapy, adding that these techniques could result in “profound and long-lasting” negative effects such as depression, feelings of isolation, fear and self-loathing. The society also asked the TUC and its affiliates to:
The trade union, Prospect, seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.
CSP also pushed for organisations to promote the UK Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy. The memorandum explains how attempts to change or alter people’s sexual orientation through psychological therapies are “unethical and potentially harmful”.
So far 16 organisations have signed, including NHS England, NHS Scotland and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.