The Brighton Greens are calling on Tory PM contenders to ban transconversion therapy

GREEN councilors have urged candidates in the race to succeed Boris Johnson as Prime Minister to take action to ban transconversion therapy.

Although plans to ban the practice of sexual orientation were outlined by the government, the proposals did not extend to banning transgender conversion therapy due to concerns it could have “unintended consequences”.

Conversion therapy attempts to “heal” a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. It can involve counseling and prayer, but in extreme cases it can also involve physical violence and exorcism.

Brighton and Hove City Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty criticized the government for “breaking its promise to ban conversion therapy for all”.

He said: “The Conservative Party seems determined to foment discrimination and hatred and we must find effective ways to continue to show our solidarity with the trans community to overcome this bigotry.

“We are also reminded that members of our community still do not have even the most basic right – control over our own bodies.

“We understand that we will continue to push for a total ban on conversion therapy for our trans community as well. Our commitment to the trans community is clear; Regardless of what “Guidance on Same-Sex Persons” the Equality and Human Rights Commission releases, it will not change our clear and firm commitment to inclusive services across the city.”

Councilors from the Green Group took part in a parade during Trans Pride in Brighton last weekend, the largest pro-transgender liberation protest in Europe.

Cllr Steph Powell, senior member of the Equality Council, said: “We have been fighting discrimination through education and have worked with the NHS to review transgender health care and improve access.

“But there is still more to do. Our trans and non-binary siblings need all our help to further reduce discrimination, eliminate violence and enshrine their rights in law.”

Earlier this year, the NHS confirmed it will be opening a gender identity clinic in Sussex to help people making the transition.

The clinic will improve access for transgender residents as the nearest clinic in London has wait times of around five years for over 10,000 referrals.

No fixed date has yet been announced for the start of the clinic, but it is expected to be at the end of the year. The Brighton Greens are calling on Tory PM contenders to ban transconversion therapy

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