A SURVEY that asks respondents whether they have embarked on conversion therapy to change their sexual orientation will run until the end of this month.
The survey, organised by the Ozanne Foundation, has been devised with the support of an advisory group comprising Dr Jamie Harrison, who chairs the House of Laity, and is a GP specialist adviser; the Senior Rabbi to Reform Judaism, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner; the Director of Community Services for Humanists UK, Teddy Prout; the founder of Birmingham South Asian LGBT — Finding a Voice, Khakan Qureshi; a former President of the Royal Statistical Society, Sir Bernard Silverman; and the Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker.
It is a response to the Government’s national LGBT survey, which found that two per cent of 108,000 respondents had undergone some form of conversion or reparative therapy (News, 6 July). Last year, the General Synod voted to call on the Government to ban such therapy (News, 14 July 2017); and, this year, the Government said that it would bring forward proposals to do so.
The survey tells respondents that it will “explore the impact of religious belief on your understanding and development of your sexual orientation and identity”, and promises strict confidentiality.
The survey is open to all in the UK who are over 16, and is available online at ozanne.foundation, and through social media. It will run until 31 December.