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Transgender in the UK? Then it’s not safe to be you


Transgender in the UK? Then it’s not safe to be you

LGBTQ groups pull out of conference after government refuses to ban transgender conversion therapy

Emily Ashton

More than 80 organisations pulled out of the UK government’s international LGBTQ conference due to be held in June after Prime Minister Boris Johnson dropped a plan to ban so-called conversion therapy for transgender people.

The government is wrong to “actively exclude” trans people from the ban, The LGBT+ Consortium, an umbrella body for groups in the UK, said on Monday. “We refuse to stand by and let this happen.”

Johnson’s office sparked a widespread backlash last week when it said it would drop a key Conservative Party pledge to legally outlaw conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change a person’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual. ..

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