We speak to CNN about the hidden dangers of ‘conversion therapy’ and ‘gay cure therapy’ and why we must all work together to end this legal form of abuse.
In the UK, one in 20 LGBT people have been offered conversion therapy, and an additional 2% have taken part in it, according to a survey of over 100,000 people by the UK government in 2017.
In July 2018 the UK Government announced their LGBT Action Plan – and as part of that they would ban conversion therapy. We said back then that this will be an empty promise if sufficient action is not being taken by politicians to move this forward.
In March, the European Parliament had already voted to condemn conversion therapy, urging EU member states to end the practice.
This was following the lead taken by Malta – a small island nation in the Mediterranean with a population of just over 400,000 – which made history in 2016 by implementing a nationwide ban on conversion therapy.
So the example has been set and the UK has the backing of the European Government. Now what we need is a leader within Government to champion this change and help us end this legal form of abuse.
Matt set up the Naz and Matt Foundation in memory of his soulmate and fiancé, Naz, who passed away two days after being confronted about his sexuality by his religious parents. It was the first time that they knew their son was gay, in a relationship with Matt for 13 years and that they were planning to get married.