Conversion Therapy: Fighting for a Ban (In-Person)
- Event Start: 21st May 2021, 8:00pm
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Conversion therapy, also known as LGBTQ+ ‘cure’ therapy is legal and unregulated in the UK and was
funded by the NHS until 2015. Over the last four years, since our Librarian, Molly Mantle, started a
petition to ban the practice, the public have demanded a ban from the Government, but they have yet to
implement one. This panel brings together some of the key campaigners who have fought for a ban, to
reflect on their work so far and what still needs to be done.
Jayne Ozanne Jayne Ozanne campaigns for gay equality within the Church of
England and wider community, having come out as gay in 2015.
In 2017, she led a debate on the dangers of Conversion Therapy,
and, most recently, resigned from the government’s LGBT Advisory
Panel, calling for a ban.
Jeremy Marks Jeremy Marks is the founder of Courage, which started as an
‘ex-gay’ ministry. However, 12 years after its foundation, Jeremy
startled the evangelical Christian world by publicly repudiating
the ex-gay approach, proclaiming that it did more harm than
good, and unequivocally embracing a new approach that is
Bisi Alimi Bisi Alimi is a Nigerian gay rights activist and HIV/LGBT advocate
who gained international attention when he became the first
Nigerian to come out on television. He is the co-founder of the
Kaleidoscope Trust, The Raibow Intersection and Executive Director
of the Bisi Alimi Foundation and works tirelessly to advocate for
the rights of LGBTQ+ people.