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Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK

21 October 2017

The primary purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU2) is the protection of the public through a commitment to ending the practice of ‘conversion therapy’ in the UK.

For the purposes of this document ’conversion therapy’ is an umbrella term for a therapeutic approach, or any model or individual viewpoint that demonstrates an assumption that any sexual orientation or gender identity is inherently preferable to any other, and which attempts to bring about a change of sexual orientation or gender identity, or seeks to supress an individual’s expression of sexual orientation or gender identity on that basis.

This memorandum updates one released in 2015 at the Department of Health, which focused exclusively on sexual orientation, and is endorsed by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charity Stonewall.

For further information please consult the full document.

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