Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham announces a commitment to oppose the practice of conversion therapy

On this year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT), Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Greater Manchester’s LGBTQ+ Panel are announcing a commitment to oppose the practice of conversion therapy in Greater Manchester:

“Greater Manchester should be a safe city-region for everyone, and we are committed to ending conversion therapy for all members of the LGBTQ+ community.

“Conversion therapy is a practice where an individual or organisation seeks an intervention with a predetermined outcome to change, cure or suppress the sexual orientation or gender identity of a person. Just as we won’t do business with those who promote discrimination or division, we believe that organisations that support, promote or facilitate conversion therapy for any member of the LGBTQ+ community should not be receiving public funding.

“Those organisations that support, promote, or facilitate conversion therapy or which campaign against the ending of conversion therapy should not be able to provide services on behalf of Greater Manchester Combined Authority, or to receive support from the GMCA or its affiliated community funding streams.

“I urge all public bodies, organisations and businesses in Greater Manchester to sign up to this commitment.”


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