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U.K. government vows to end 'abhorrent practice' of gay conversion therapy

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The British government said Tuesday that it would ban the "abhorrent practice" of so-called gay conversion therapy as part of a 4.5-million-pound ($5.9 million) "LGBT Action Plan" to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the U.K.

"These activities are wrong, and we are not willing to let them continue," the action plan, published Tuesday by the Government Equalities Office, said of the practice. "We will fully consider all legislative and nonlegislative options to prohibit promoting, offering or conducting conversion therapy. Our intent is protect people who are vulnerable to harm or violence, whether that occurs in a medical, commercial or faith-based context."


The 32-page action plan comes after the U.K. government released the results of a survey of 108,000 LGBTQ people, which found 2 percent of respondents had "undergone conversion therapy in an attempt to 'cure' them of being LGBT," and another 5 percent had been offered conversion therapies.


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