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United Reformed Church calls for 'strengthened' conversion therapy laws

by Sophie Drew

The United Reformed Church has called for the proposed ban on conversion therapy to be “strengthened.”

The Government has faced criticisms from all sides of the debate in recent days, after initially deciding that current legislation banning more abusive forms of conversion therapy was sufficient.

Hours later, a U-turn was made, and a potential ban was back on the table.

However, the new proposals exclude members of the transgender community.

A number of religious leaders have spoken out about the decision – both for and against the changes.

The United Reformed Church (URC) is the latest denomination to criticise the move, saying the Government ought to strengthen the legislation.

A number of URC leaders added their names to an open letter to the Prime Minister.

In a further statement, The Revd Alex Clare-Young, a trans URC minister, explained why they signed the letter and why a ban would be important to them.

They said: “I believe in dignity and protection from abuse for all. When facing the continuing erosion of trans safety and care, I am glad to be a part of a denomination which seeks to protect LGBTQ+ people from harm, rather than controversialising our identities.

“I look forward to a time when we can celebrate the gifts that trans and non-binary people bring to society, and when all people can enjoy life fully, free from prejudice and persecution.”

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