Make LGBT conversion therapy illegal
Parliament debated the petition “Make LGBT conversion therapy illegal in the UK” on 8 March 2021.
John Nicolson, Scottish National Party representing Ochil and South Perthshire made a contribution, which began:
““Converting gays” – just wonder for a moment about how primitive that concept is. It is a cruel hangover from a darker time – a time when to be gay, lesbian or trans was to be flawed or inadequate.
I do not know why I am gay. I do not know why I have green eyes or curly hair, but I do know that no one made me gay; I was born gay. When I was younger, to borrow from Alfred Kinsey, I would have taken a magic pill to make myself straight, but I now know that that was not because I hated being gay, but because I did not want to be the victim of prejudice. Who does? We know that there is no magic pill, nor do we need one. We need love and acceptance.
LGBT conversion is the very antithesis of that. It promises a cure where none is available and none is needed. We look back in horror at the tortures endured by our LGBT brothers and sisters, even in recent history – electro-shock therapy, lobotomy and the chemical castration endured by Alan Turing at the hands of a vicious and ungrateful political class and legal system.
Changing people’s sexual orientation is, as we know, scientifically impossible, but that does not stop bigots from trying. “Pray away the gay,” cry some religious groups, who somehow see no contradiction with the command that thou shalt love thy neighbour. People who hold out the promise of conversion are cruelly targeting the most vulnerable. It is abuse.”
For more information you can:
Watch the debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl38dzzn1wc
Read the research: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cdp-2021-0030/
See the petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300976
Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society
Households are being asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools, housing or new bus routes.
Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is 21 March.
The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. For the first time, there will be voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity. This will provide true data on the LGBT+ communities, so that resources and services can be supplied where most needed. Private, individual forms can be requested.
While there are estimates of sexual orientation at a national and regional level, it is not possible to produce robust estimates for all local authorities – that’s what census data will give.
There is no robust data available on gender identity at all. These data are needed by local authorities and service providers to inform the provision of services. The sexual orientation and gender identity questions will be voluntary for people aged 16 and over.
Without robust data on the size of the LGBT+ population at a national and local level, decision-makers are operating in a vacuum, unaware of the extent and nature of disadvantage which LGBT+ people may be experiencing in terms of health, educational outcomes, employment and housing.
There is also a separate new question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces.
Anonymous results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk