British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said July 20 that “conversion therapy” is “absolutely abhorrent” and “has no place in this country.”

Johnson added that plans to ban the fraudulent practice will be brought forward after the government completes a “study” on the issue. The British government pledged two years ago to ban therapies that claim to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“We’re delighted that Boris Johnson has listened to our calls for a ban on conversion therapy,” the Ban Conversion Therapy UK campaign said. “Now we await action – LGBTQ+ people have been tortured for long enough.”

Gendered Intelligence, a charity that aims to improve the quality of life of trans people, said: “Whilst we hope the prime minister used ‘gay conversion therapy’ for brevity, we must ensure the ban on conversion therapy covers all LGBT people, including trans people.”

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Born Perfect is the leading campaign to end conversion therapy. We are survivors, lawyers, and policy experts working together to protect LGBTQ+ people nationally and around the globe. Born Perfect is a program of National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

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