In May 2021, the Government Equalities Office announced that a new support fund, offering substantial help to LGBT people impacted by conversion therapy, would be created and made available to victims of the practice. As we fast approach the end of 2021 we wrote to the Minister for Women and Equalities Liz Truss & the Minister for Equalities Kemi Badenoch to ask for an update on any progress made with launching this much-needed resource.
Dear Liz Truss & Kemi Badenoch
On the 11th of May 2021, the Government Equalities Office announced that a new support fund, offering substantial help to LGBT people impacted by conversion therapy, would be created and made available to victims.
We also note this commitment echoed within the Queen’s Speech, briefing notes, with a commitment from the Government to inviting organisations to develop a package of support that will ensure victims of conversion therapy are able to find and access the help that they need. The promise was that following a competitive tender, the chosen provider would be in place by the summer.
We welcome this commitment and as we fast approach winter we’re eager to understand:
- If a preferred provider has been appointed to develop a package of support to victims of LGBT+ conversion therapy and if so which organisation will be developing this support package.
- The nature of the support that the prefered provider organisation is developing, or will be developing, to ensure victims of LGBT+ conversion therapy are able access the help they need.
- How victims of LGBT+ conversion therapy will be able to practically access the support.
- From which date will victims of LGBT+ conversion therapy be able access the support developed by the Governments preferred provider organisation.
As an organisation supporting the LGBTIQA+ community we very much look forward to receiving an update on these points and to sharing this information with our service users.
Current Affairs & Research Lead GenderGP