PE01817: End Conversion Therapy


Petitioner: Tristan Gray, Ely Kearney, Erin Lux, Benjamin Butler, Sophie Duncan


Date Lodged: 13 August 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ban the provision or promotion of LGBT+ conversion therapy in Scotland.

Petition History:

This petition has now been referred to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee. You can view any further updates on this petition on the Equalities and Human Rights Committee's webpage

SPICe Briefing (175KB pdf)


1 October 2020: The Committee agreed to refer the petition to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee under Rule 15.6.2 of Standing Orders. Link to Official Report of Meeting 1 October 2020

Written submissions

PE1817/A: Scottish Government submission of 17 July 2020 (68KB pdf)

PE1817/B: Stonewall Scotland, Equality Network, Scottish Trans Alliance, and LGBT Youth Scotland submission of 23 September 2020 (86KB pdf)




Conversion therapy, the forced conditioning against a person’s sexuality or gender identity, has damaged generations of LGBT+ young people and adults and continues to do so.

Do you believe that this practice should be brought to an end?

The untold damage this causes is a crime. End this now.

Frankie Reynolds

22:04 on 12 Aug 2020

Conversion therapy is an abusive practice that causes pain and attempts to force people to be something they are not. Allowing this to happen is to allow abuse, and it should be banned.

Stephanie Melnick

14:55 on 12 Aug 2020

Conversion Therapy has no place in a modern, progressive society. This barbaric practice must end ASAP.

Jack McPake

11:19 on 12 Aug 2020

Allowing this to be legal is inhumane.

Ashlei Halbert

23:59 on 08 Aug 2020

conversion therapy?? people need to grow up and get on with their own lives and STAY OUT of others, how dare these people try to change others for their own beliefs or satisfactions i would say an expletive here, but my comment would be banned !

roberta campbell

6:24 on 06 Aug 2020

Conversion therapy is an evil, disgusting and immoral practice that needs to be banned forever.

Stuart Johnston

20:22 on 04 Aug 2020

How is this still a thing in Scotland? I thought it had been banned years ago.

Dannii Young

0:45 on 04 Aug 2020

Torture of of a human being to closet their truth or be prevented from living ones truth should and forever should be illegal, and punishable. Lets commit ourselves to a Scotland, where everyone can live free from discrimination, fear and truth. away from the veil of ignorance and intolerance.

Leeze Lawrence

16:24 on 03 Aug 2020

I honestly can't believe we even need to petition for this. it's inhumane and evil.

Erryn Miller

19:07 on 28 Jul 2020

Conversion therapy is torture, pure and simple. It should be banned under law to protect the LGBTQIA+ community.

Laura Clements

13:31 on 27 Jul 2020

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