Parliament Backtracks After Launching Insensitive Conversion Therapy Survey

The House of Commons has come under fire for the now-deleted tweet asking people to debate conversion therapy and the affect it has on the LGBT+ community.

Officials asked ‘should it be made illegal’ and ‘what would that mean to you’ in a tweet branded ‘needlessly upsetting and cruel’.

Conversion therapy, which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation or suppress their gender identity, is based on an assumption that being lesbian, gay, bi or transgender is a mental illness that can be ‘cured’. It has been likened to medical and psychological torture and all major counselling and psychotherapy bodies in the UK, including the NHS, condemn it on logical, moral and ethical grounds.

Twitter exploded with criticism including from Derry Girls actress Siobhan McSweeney.

and there were plenty more. Including from the flamboyant drumming BBC weatherman Owain Wyn Jones.

The House of Commons soon apologised.

The UK government promised to outlaw the abhorrent practice two years ago today. No legislation has been brought forward. READ MORE

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