The practice seeks to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
Today, nursing staff are calling for a total ban on conversion therapy across the UK.
Nurses at the Royal College of Nursing‘s (RCN) annual congress heard that conversion therapy goes against any form of ethical or evidence-based nursing practice and is “a disgrace to health care workers”.
In April, the UK government said it would ban conversion therapy for gay, lesbian and bisexual people in England and Wales, but not for transgender people.
The practice, which seeks to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity, was described by nursing staff as “an abomination” and a form of “torture”.
A proud history of LGBT rights.
Introducing the debate, proposer Jason Warriner, said the four countries of the UK were at different stages in relation to the practice, adding: “We need an inclusive ban.”
He said: “The RCN has a proud history of standing up for LGBT+ rights. From opposing the ban on teaching children about LGBT+ issues, to being the first Royal College to ever march in Pride.
“It is our responsibility to continue that fight today and to oppose conversion therapy.”
Another nurse added, “If we are failing to actively oppose conversion therapy, we are not just failing as nurses but as human beings.”
Around a dozen delegates spoke in support of the motion and attendees voted overwhelmingly for the RCN to campaign for a ban on the practice across all four countries.