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Thinking Straight (Pt 7): The ban

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Attempts at conversion therapy are taking place across the country: in village churches, Harley Street clinics and counsellors' treatment rooms. 

In this final episode of a seven-part series, reporter Emily Sargent turns her attention to Westminster. 

What's happened in the three years since the Government pledged to end the practice of conversion therapy?  

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If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this episode, the following organisations can help:

Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.

Phone: 0300 330 0630 (10am-10pm).

Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day.

Phone: 116 123


Matthew Hyndman, co-founder, Ban Conversion Therapy. 

Jayne Ozanne, director and founder, Ozanne Foundation; chair, Ban Conversion Therapy Coalition.

Reverend Jide Macaulay, founding Pastor and CEO, House Of Rainbow.

Joe Hyman, LGBTQ+ activist and conversion therapy survivor. 

Peter Lynas, UK director, Evangelical Alliance.

Chris Csabs, co-author and co-founder, SOGICE Survivors.

Host: Emily Sargent, journalist.

Clips: X-Out-Loud, BBC, Core Issues Trust, ITV.

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