Queen Elizabeth II delivered a speech to members of the Houses of Commons and Lords on Tuesday, one of which was very noticed. “Measures to fight against ethnic and racial disparities and to ban conversion therapy will be advanced,” said the sovereign who was speaking at the opening of the session of the British Parliament.
This intervention by the Queen traditionally presents the main lines of government projects. In a statement released the day of the speech, Liz Truss, Minister for Women and Equality, confirmed that laws on the subject would be submitted to elected officials in England and Wales. A consultation will be carried out in parallel with the general public and the various stakeholders concerned.
“Despicable and coercive” therapies
The ministry explained that it wanted to “ensure that the ban will target this practice while protecting health professionals and respecting freedom of expression and religious freedom”. Liz Truss said that “the bills mean that no one will be subjected to these abject and coercive conversion therapy.” She also mentioned a measure in favor of victims of these practices in the past.
New funding will give recipients “better access to the help they need,” said Liz Truss. This is a first in the country. The Department for Women and Equality welcomed the announcements “strengthening the UK’s place among international leaders in LGBT rights”. The Hill specifies that conversion therapies are prohibited in Canada, Malta, Germany, Mexico and certain regions of Australia.