Ireland set to ban conversion therapy

Ireland’s Minister for Integration has described the process as “cruel” as Ireland sets to outlaw conversion therapy.

Ireland set to ban conversion therapy.

Conversion therapy is a harmful process that attempts to change the sexual orientations, gender identity, or gender expression of people in the LGBTQ+ community.

Recently, Roderic O’Gorman, Ireland’s Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration, and Youth told the Irish Mirror that he plans to ban the “cruel process”.

Ireland set to ban conversion therapy – joining other EU nations

Ireland will join many other EU nations.
Credit: Facebook / Roderic O’Gorman TD

Roderic O’Gorman told the Irish Mirror, “A process that seeks for somebody to change their sexual orientation or gender identity is extremely exploitative, particularly if undertaken on someone under 18”.

The Minister for Integration hopes to bring about legislation by the end of 2023, but as these things take time, it might be 2024 before we see conversion therapy officially outlawed in Ireland.

The Green Party politician told the publication that Ireland must, at last, join other EU nations in banning the traumatic practice.

While in 2018, Theresa May made a promise to the UK that she would make moves to ban conversion therapy.

Almost five years on, there has been little progress and last year, a watered-down version was promised that excluded trans people.

Conversion therapy – a discredited and harmful practice

Conversion therapy is an unjustifiable and harmful practice.
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The practice of conversion therapy attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity in a cruel and undignified manner.

The NHS and the World Psychiatric Association have discredited the practice, which can involve anything from dangerous electroshock therapy to prayers.

A member of the LGBTQ+ community himself, O’Gorman said, “From the point of view of having some understanding of the damage that it can do to people, it is something I feel strongly about and something I really want to progress as Equality Minister”.

He talks of the “devastating” effects the cruel practice can have on young people still exploring their identities.

Banning an outdated and degrading practice − Ireland set to join other nations around the world  

Ireland set to ban conversion therapy by 2024 at the latest.
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Sasha Misra, Stonewall communications and campaigns associate director, told Metro.co.uk, “Ireland is poised to join the growing number of countries across the world who have moved decisively to protect their LGBTQ+ citizens from this degrading practice”.

She said, “We must now ask the same of the UK government, who have yet to deliver a ban despite over four years of promises, and now risk being left behind on the world stage”.

Jayne Ozanne, a former LGBTQ+ advisor to the UK government, said, “I’m thrilled to learn that the Irish government is working at pace to introduce a full ban on abusive “conversion therapy”.

“It seems incredulous to me that the UK government is taking so long to do the right and decent thing, which they promised nearly five years ago now”.

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