Thu 29 Dec, 2022

Scotland must build on the breakthrough introduction of Gender Recognition Reform by moving to ban ‘violent and abusive’ conversion practices, say the Scottish Greens.

It is a key commitment in the Bute House Agreement between the Scottish Greens and the Scottish Government, which commits to bringing forward legislation to ban conversion practices by the end of 2023 and reforming gender identity services.

Scottish Greens equalities spokesperson, Maggie Chapman MSP said:

“It is a disgrace that conversion practices still continue. They are violent, abusive and have no place in a modern or progressive society.

“Nobody should be told that there is something wrong with them or that they should be ashamed of who they are, just because of their identity.

“That is why it is so vital that we introduce a watertight, comprehensive ban that stops all such conversion practices.

“When the Scottish Parliament voted to support Gender Recognition Reform it was a small but vital change that will make a big difference for one of the most marginalised communities in our society.

“In 2023 we must build on it, and take further steps to make Scotland a fairer and more inclusive society.

“In the year ahead we will be working with campaigners and the Scottish Government to introduce legislation to end conversion practices for good."

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