Carrie Johnson has praised government plans to ban conversion therapy, despite repeatedly expressing disappointment over the many delays on the issue since the first commitment in 2018.
The environmental campaigner, who is married to the prime minister, commented on the last day of the Conservative Party convention at an LGBT+ reception, and also stressed that “there is still a long way to go” on LGBT+ rights.
Defending her husband’s track record on LGBT+ rights, the prime minister often criticized his reference to gay men as “tank-top bum boys” in a newspaper column, with Ms Johnson claiming she was a member of the community. was “fully committed” to protecting the profits of the and moving them forward.
“The government he leads is banning conversion therapy, starting PrEP in England to eliminate HIV transmission on the NHS,” he told delegates in his only public remarks at the conference.
A commitment to ban so-called conversion therapy—a discredited practice that attempts to suppress a person’s sexual or gender identity—was first made in 2018 by Theresa May, but the government has yet to introduce legislation.
The equality minister, Kemi Badenoch, told lawmakers that a consultation on the issue would begin in September but is no longer expected to begin until at least the end of October, prompting renewed criticism over the additional delay.
And just last week a major report on the issue, signed by prominent lawyers and cross-party lawmakers, called for swift action from the government, warning that “inhumane” practices risk further damage and loss of lives.
Ministers also faced intense criticism from LGBT+ campaigners after last summer’s decision to drop plans to allow transgender people to self-identify without a medical diagnosis came two years after ministers signaled change.
Referring to the work done by the government on LGBT+ issues and plans for the future, Ms Johnson said: “But for the progress we have made as a society, we know there is still a long way to go “
“With the LGBT+ community still facing stigma, harassment and discrimination, hate crimes are still a fact of life.
“Being LGBT+ is still a crime in 71 countries around the world – in 11 it’s punishable by death just because of who you love. None of this is explicitly acceptable, but it’s up to us all It is that we stand up and say it out loud as we can.
“That is why it is so important that the UK hosts its first global conference on LGBT+ rights next year. So whether it is about ending prejudice at home or abroad, LGBT+ Conservatives champion all of these issues – so Please keep doing what you’re doing.”
To huge applause on Tuesday, Ms Johnson also said it was “blatantly untrue” that being LGBT+ and being a conservative were “somehow inconsistent”.
“The idea that your politics should be determined by sexual orientation or your gender identity is now as illogical as saying that you should be your height or hair color,” she said.
“Whether you’re LGBT+, or an ally like me, we’re all committed to equality and being acceptable to all, whoever you are, and whoever you love.”
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