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Conversion Practices

Conversion practices (or so called “conversion therapy”) are damaging and destructive acts which aim to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Below you can learn more about the Scottish Government’s ongoing work to introduce legislation to end conversion practices in Scotland.

You can also read the Equality Network’s page on the work we have been doing to inform the legislation, and our manager Vic’s columns at the Scotsman on the importance of comprehensive legislation on ending conversion practices here, here and here.

Scottish Government consultation on their proposals to end conversion practices

Following a successful petition by End Conversion Therapy Scotland, the Scottish Government have proposed legislation to end conversion practices in Scotland, and are currently holding a consultation to hear people’s opinions on their proposals.

The consultation closes on 2nd April 2024, and we will update this page with information about how we have responded and suggestions on what you can say.

You can find the online consultation here, and accompanying documents from the Scottish Government about their vision and rationale for the legislation here.

Evidence from the Scottish LGBT+ sector on ending conversion practices in 2021

Back in 2021, the Scottish Parliament’s Equality, Human Rights and Civil Justice Committee asked for views on the petition lodged by End Conversion Therapy Scotland which implored the Scottish Government to introduce legislation to end conversion practices in Scotland.

Scottish Trans, along with Equality Network, Stonewall Scotland, and LGBT Youth Scotland, made a joint submission to the EHRCJ Committee on the importance of this legislation, which you can read here.

Our manager Vic also later gave oral evidence to the Committee alongside representatives from the other organisations who were part of the joint submission, which you can watch here.

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