The BPC has reiterated our opposition to conversion therapy alongside 15 other leading organisations with the signing of the second Memorandum of Understanding on conversion therapy, updated to include gender identity. The MoU2 supports the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT) people at risk from conversion therapy. MoU2 is a commitment to end the harm caused to the LGBT community by a practice that assumes that their identity is a mental illness that can be ‘cured.’ Signatories have pledged to achieve this by ensuring the public are well informed about the risks and that healthcare professionals and psychological therapists are aware of the ethical issues relating to conversion therapy. The MoU was launched at a House of Commons reception hosted by Ben Bradshaw MP.
The signatories are: The British Psychological Society, The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Association of Christian Counsellors, The Association of LGBT Doctors and Dentists, British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, British Psychoanalytic Council, CliniQ, College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists, The National Counselling Society, NHS England, NHS Scotland, Pink Therapy, Relate, Royal College of General Practitioners, and the UK Council for Psychotherapy.