So-called ‘conversion therapy’ position statement

12/05/2022


The College of Paramedics has considered the UK government’s proposed ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’, which as it stands, excludes trans people. It is the College’s view that all members of the LGBT+ community should be included in conversion therapy bans and anything less is simply unacceptable. We stand with our transgender colleagues, friends and families against this proposal and echo the words of NHS England that all forms of conversion therapy are “unethical and potentially harmful” and could have profound consequences for adults and children struggling with gender dysphoria. We acknowledge the impact this proposed removal of trans rights would have when the rights of all should be guaranteed under the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in particular, signatory States have a legal obligation to ‘protect individuals from homophobic and transphobic violence and prevent torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment’. There can be no LGB without the T.