Boris Johnson vows to ban ‘absolutely abhorrent’ gay ‘conversion therapy’

Boris Johnson has vowed to ban “absolutely abhorrent” practices aimed at changing someone’s sexual orientation.

The prime minister promised the government would conduct a study into so-called “gay conversion” therapies before bringing forward plans to prohibit it.

It is two years since the government, then led by former prime minister Theresa May, promised to bring forward proposals – as part of its LGBT action plan – to end the practice of conversion therapy in the UK.

That action plan built on the results of a national LGBT survey of more than 108,000 people, which found 2% of respondents had undergone conversion or reparative therapy in an attempt to “cure” them, and a further 5% had been offered it.

Speaking on a visit to a Kent school on Monday, Mr Johnson described gay conversion therapy as “absolutely abhorrent” and said it “has no place in a civilised society, has no place in this country”.

“What we are going to do is a study right now on, you know, where is this actually happening, how prevalent is it, and we will then bring forward plans to ban it,” he added.

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