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Christian ministers urge the PM to include the Trans community in conversion therapy ban

by Kelly Valencia

A group of Christian ministers has written to the Prime Minister urging him to include the transgender community in the upcoming conversion therapy ban. 

They say allowing members of the Trans community to be "subject to coercive or undermining practices, is to make prayer a means of one person manipulating another."  

The letter reads: "Conversion to Christianity is the event or process by which a person responds joyfully to the glorious embrace of the eternally loving and ever-merciful God.

"It has nothing to do with so-called 'conversion therapy'- pressure to put one person on another to for their expectations; the attempt to induce vulnerable and isolated people to deny who they truly are.

"To be trans is to enter a sacred journey of becoming whole: precious, honoured and loved, by yourself, by others and by God." 

It is after the government decided only practices affecting gay and bisexual people, will be covered in the legislation and committed to look for non-legislative ways of protecting the Trans community.

But, for Baptist minister Steve Chalke, convener of the writing group, there are no other ways of protecting them. 

"If they have better, brighter ideas, they should put them on the table," Rev Steve told Premier. 

"They are no ideas. If there is an idea, I challenge the government to put it on the table tomorrow. 

"So we can all see just how deep and broad and thought through their policymaking is, but there is no policy around this and this is just allowing the trans community once again to fill this rejection and putting them in a place where they are not safe." 

In its current form, the ban would only outlaw practices that seek to change someone's sexuality, but not those which seek to change people's sexual identity.

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