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LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Ban: Letter to Apsana Begum MP

July 3, 2020 8:40 PM
By Dominic Buxton

I've writen to Apsana Begum (MP, Poplar and Limehouse), urging her to support Layla Moran's (MP, Oxford West and Abingdon) Early Day Motion calling for a complete ban on LGBTQ conversaion thearapy. We need to close the door on this period in history. This homophobic, discredited and archaic practice has no place in a modern society.

My letter is here:

"Dear Apsana,

I hope this letter reaches you in good health.

I am writing to you as a constituent and a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community.

As I am sure you are aware, last month was Pride Month, an incredibly important time for us to reflect on the past, remembering the Stonewall Riots and the incredible sacrifices that were made in order for us to enjoy the freedoms and rights we have today. However, we must not get complacent. The fight for equality is far from over.

A few weeks ago, I was shocked to discover that conversion therapy was still a legal practice in the United Kingdom. More recently, Germany declared the barbaric process of conversion therapy based on sexual orientation illegal, and as we move to leave the European Union at the end of the year, we must send a clear message to countries around the world that we are still an open, tolerant and accepting country. We can send that message by drawing a line under this homophobic, discredited and archaic practice.
The British Psychological Society and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy have both expressed their support for making the practice illegal on the basis that it is unethical, potentially harmful and not supported by evidence.
I hereby implore you to support the Early Day Motion (EDM #565) tabled by Layla Moran (MP, Oxford West and Abingdon), calling for LGBTQ+ conversion therapy in the UK to be banned and made illegal.

Future generations will judge us, not by our words, but by our actions. I would like to know that individuals will not have to live with the fear that they are invalid or not good enough simply for who they are attracted to.

Yours sincerely,

Dominic Buxton"