Urgent need for ban on conversion practices underlined in new film by Scottish Greens
The Scottish Greens have released a new film focusing on the story of Glasgow City Councillor Blair Anderson and his experience of conversion practices.
The film, which is hosted on the Party’s YouTube channel, has been released to mark the end of Pride month and is a reminder that Pride is not just a celebration of diversity, but also a protest for LGBTQIA+ rights.
The nine minute film makes it clear that there is no place for conversion practices in a modern or progressive society. It goes into detail about the urgent need for a ban on the abusive, coercive and violent practices that are still happening in Scotland.
The Scottish Greens Equalities spokesperson, Maggie Chapman MSP said:
“Conversion practices are abhorrent and abusive by nature.
“Nobody can consent to their own torture. Blair’s story highlights the terrible abuses that are still taking place in Scotland, and the urgent need to stop it.
“With Scottish Greens in government, we are committed to introducing a complete and comprehensive ban that will protect all LGBTQIA+ people from this horrific abuse.”
Glasgow Greens Councillor Blair Anderson said:
“So-called Conversion “therapy” can take lots of different forms, but whenever someone is trying to suppress or change someone else's sexuality or gender identity, that is a conversion practice.
“The film focuses on my story, but I am not the only one. There are far too many people who are going through the same pain. We need to finally end all conversion practices for good.”