MPs will debate whether to include trans conversion therapy in the government’s upcoming ban.
The debate will take place at 4.30pm on June 20, after almost 145,000 people signed a petition calling for the government to backtrack on its decision not to include trans conversion therapy in its ban.
The government has also been told to provide evidence for its decision, as well as to reveal whether it will publish its response to the consultation on the ban.
The petition’s creator, Sammantha Harris, told The Big Issue in April: “For the government to turn around and say that trans people shouldn’t be protected from it, was as if they were clearly saying that our lives are less worthy of that protection.”
In March, documents leaked to ITV showed the government was planning to ditch its proposed ban on conversion therapy.
A backlash from MPs led it to U-turn on that plan, and the ban was reinstated, but this time it excluded trans conversion therapy.