Dua Lipa, Charli XCX, Elton John and more sign open letter calling for conversion therapy ban

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Dua Lipa, Charli XCX and Elton John are among the
stars who have signed an open letter to the government calling for
a ban on “conversion therapy”.

The practice is used with the aim of “changing an
individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, per
The Trevor Project
’s definition.

“Conversion therapists use a variety of shaming, emotionally
traumatic or physically painful stimuli to make their victims
associate those stimuli with their LGBTQ identities,” the
organisation says. They add that it is based on “the false notion
that being LGBTQ is a mental illness that should be cured”.

The letter was addressed to Liz Truss, the Minister for Women
And Equalities, and urged her to “introduce a truly effective ban
on ‘conversion therapy’”.

“Any form of counselling or persuading someone to change their
sexual orientation or behaviour so as to conform with a
heteronormative lifestyle, or their gender identity should be
illegal, no matter the reason, religious or otherwise – whatever
the person’s age,” the letter read.

“Let’s end it now. Let’s finish what was pledged two years
ago and ban ‘conversion therapy’ for all lesbian, gay, bi,
trans, and gender diverse people, of all ages. Until you do,
torture will continue to take place on British soil.”

It was signed by Lipa, XCX, John, Little Mix’s Jade
Thirlwall, Rina
Sawayama
, Sam
Fender
, Years
& Years
’ Olly Alexander, Katherine Ryan, Stephen Fry,
Russell T Davies and more. Other signatories include
representatives for five of the UK’s major faith groups, LGBTQ+
activists, two Labour and one Lib Den MPs.

In 2017, a Memorandum Of Understanding On Conversion Therapy was
signed by major medical and psychotherapy groups in the UK, marking
a commitment to ending the practice in the country. However, it is
still legal in the UK, despite former Prime Minister Theresa
May’s pledge to eliminate it completely.

Meanwhile,
Lipa was one of a number of musicians who attended a Black Lives
Matter protest in London last month
, as demonstrations were
held across the world in the wake of George Floyd’s death while
in police custody in Minneapolis in May.

Footage shared on social media showed Lipa in the crowds at the
protest alongside her boyfriend, Anwar Hadid. Others in attendance
included Primal
Scream
, Sam
Smith
and Ghostpoet.

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Dua Lipa, Charli XCX and Elton John are among the
stars who have signed an open letter to the government calling for
a ban on “conversion therapy”.
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The practice is used with the aim of “changing an
individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity, per
The Trevor Project’s definition.
“Conversion therapists use a variety of shaming, emotionally
traumatic or physically painful stimuli to make their victims
associate those stimuli with their LGBTQ identities,” the
organisation says. They add that it is based on “the false notion
that being LGBTQ is a mental illness that should be cured”.
The letter was addressed to Liz Truss, the Minister for Women
And Equalities, and urged her to “introduce a truly effective ban
on ‘conversion therapy’”.
“Any form of counselling or persuading someone to change their
sexual orientation or behaviour so as to conform with a
heteronormative lifestyle, or their gender identity should be
illegal, no matter the reason, religious or otherwise – whatever
the person’s age,” the letter read.
“Let’s end it now. Let’s finish what was pledged two years
ago and ban ‘conversion therapy’ for all lesbian, gay, bi,
trans, and gender diverse people, of all ages. Until you do,
torture will continue to take place on British soil.”
It was signed by Lipa, XCX, John, Little Mix’s Jade
Thirlwall, Rina
Sawayama, Sam
Fender, Years
& Years’ Olly Alexander, Katherine Ryan, Stephen Fry,
Russell T Davies and more. Other signatories include
representatives for five of the UK’s major faith groups, LGBTQ+
activists, two Labour and one Lib Den MPs.
In 2017, a Memorandum Of Understanding On Conversion Therapy was
signed by major medical and psychotherapy groups in the UK, marking
a commitment to ending the practice in the country. However, it is
still legal in the UK, despite former Prime Minister Theresa
May’s pledge to eliminate it completely.

Meanwhile,
Lipa was one of a number of musicians who attended a Black Lives
Matter protest in London last month, as demonstrations were
held across the world in the wake of George Floyd’s death while
in police custody in Minneapolis in May.
Footage shared on social media showed Lipa in the crowds at the
protest alongside her boyfriend, Anwar Hadid. Others in attendance
included Primal
Scream, Sam
Smith and Ghostpoet.
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