Support the campaign to ban conversion therapy.
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Recently you may have seen that the Government are consulting on the banning of conversion therapy. This consultation runs until the 4th February. We’re taking this opportunity to call for solidarity to protect our LGBTQ+ students and staff.
Conversion therapy is a harmful practice that seeks to ‘correct’ and suppress the gender identity and sexual orientation of those who do not identify with heteronormative ‘cisgender’ or ‘straight’ identities. These practices are currently legal in the UK, even though one cannot ‘choose’ or ‘fix’ an identity which is entirely valid and innate.
The UK Government are consulting the public on what legislation to ban conversion therapy might look like. This consultation gives us an opportunity to demand a strong, enforceable ban on conversion therapy. Delaying this legislation is leaving people at unnecessary risk in the meantime. We are calling you to join us in putting pressure on the Government to bring forward legislation that protects the whole community – this is not a debatable issue but a major harm that they have a duty to protect people from.
We know you appreciate the importance of allyship, particularly where we may be able to act without having to deal with the trauma that fighting for this ban can cause for LGBTQ+ people. We believe that banning conversion therapy will allow LGBTQ+ people to live more freely, putting an end to this unscientific and harmful practice.
As a Students’ Union, we have the power to come together and campaign on issues affecting our community. We ask you to join us in demanding justice, sharing resources to ensure we can educate ourselves and each other, and uplifting those in our community that often go unheard.
There’s still a lot more we can do to work towards a more actively inclusive and liberated society, and it has been great to see that the University is working to support our LGBTQ+ community. We have a powerful platform to drive change locally and nationally. Now it is key that we encourage our University, and local community to stand alongside us to ensure that we see wider cultural change.
We really encourage you to get involved with the Government’s consultation and speak up for yourself and/or those in our community that will be impacted. Stonewall have produced a handy guide which may be helpful for producing a response that is personal and impactful. See the guidance here.
Respond to the consultation
We will also make time next term for you to share your views if you’d like to support our response as a Students’ Union so keep an eye out for more information, you may also put your thoughts into this form from which we will compile your responses into a response from Greenwich students.
Contribute to GSU's response
You can submit your response directly to government via the consultation form which you can edit and come back to if you need to take a break.
Respond directly to the Government's consultation
This consultation closes at 11.45pm Friday 4th February, so make sure you have your say as soon as possible if you haven’t already.
Thank you in advance for your support.
GSU Officers 2021/22
Zoë Campbell, Nele Leitolf, Aatika Ayoub, Yasinur R. Jabed
For more information about LGBTQ+ people at University and the issues they face (content warning: homophobic slurs featured on this page) visit stonewall.org.uk/lgbt-britain-university-report.
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