A petition that would have made the act of gay conversion ‘therapy’ a criminal offence has been dismissed by Theresa May’s government.
Receiving almost 33,000 signatures it was denied a debate in Parliament because it did not exceed 100,000 names.
In it the authors wrote: ‘After events around the world such as the Orlando shootings and Trump’s election, many members of the LGBT+ community no longer feel safe in the UK.’
The creator, Mollie Mantle, wrote: ‘This therapy often includes electric shocks, counselors encouraging suicide, and damaging ideology linking LGBT+ identities to sexual abuse from family members in early years.
‘It is scientifically proven that this therapy does not work.’
Gay conversion therapy was developed by Joseph Nicolosi who died at the age of 70. One Twitter user suggested the man should ‘try not to be dead’.
However after thousands of people signed the petition the Department of Health claimed they had ‘already taken the necessary steps to prevent the practice of gay conversion therapy in the UK.’
In a response posted on the petition site they wrote: ”The Government fully recognise the importance of this issue and the adverse impact this treatment could have on lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
‘There is no evidence that this sort of treatment is beneficial, and indeed it may well cause significant harm to some patients. It is incumbent on professionals working in the National Health Service to ensure that treatment and care, including therapy, is provided to every patient without any form of discrimination.
‘This Government is committed to tackling discrimination towards LGB people.
‘That is why we have already worked with the main registration and accreditation bodies for psychotherapy and counselling practitioners, including the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), to develop first a consensus statement and then a Memorandum of Understanding committing signatory organisations to a range of activities including training and awareness raising amongst their members in relation to this issue.’
CREDIT: Charles White