Dustin Lance Black has urged the UK government to “act now” to ban the controversial practice of conversion therapy.
The 46-year-old film director, who is married to 26-year-old diver Tom Daley, said gay people around the world view Britain as a “beacon of hope” but the government is “very behind” in not accepting the practice to forbid.
Conversion therapy claims to change a person’s sexual orientation from gay or bisexual to heterosexual, with medical institutions warning that it is potentially harmful.
Speaking: Dustin Lance Black has urged the UK government to “act now” to ban the controversial practice of conversion therapy (pictured with husband Tom Daley).
Various jurisdictions around the world have passed laws against conversion therapy that Prime Minister Boris Johnson had previously promised to ban in the UK.
Dustin said on Wednesday of ITV’s Lorraine, “Gay, LGBT people around the world see the UK as a beacon of hope. What they hope their country will do for them and protect and treasure them and here we are and the UK is very, very lagging behind.
“In the United States, even in the mostly Mormon state of Utah, the church I come from and known for its incredible homophobia, they have even seen the wisdom to ban conversion therapy.
“But here we are still waiting” soon “for Liz Truss [Minister for Women and Equalities] says come. When does it come Soon has come and gone. It is time to introduce this. ‘
“Hope”: Dustin said gay people around the world see Britain as a “beacon of hope” but the government has been “very lagging” when it comes to not banning the practice
Dustin added that LGBT organizations have said conversion therapy has been linked to depression and thoughts of suicide.
He said: “Right now there are religious groups in Britain who are campaigning for conversion therapy to be continued. But let me tell you, conversion therapy can be done in a psychological, a psychiatric, and a religious setting – yes, they pray the gays away. None of them are serious.
UK’s own studies and LGBT organizations like Stonewall say the predominant outcomes of conversion therapy are depression, suicidal ideation and suicide. Can you belive that?
“Lorraine, if there was therapy for heterosexual people where the predominant outcome is suicide, it would be banned in a day.
Dustin said: “Gay, LGBT people around the world view the UK as a beacon of hope” (pictured with Tom and their son Robbie, two)
“We are 1,000 days old since the government promised to end this practice. The UN calls torture. Lots and lots of LGBTQ people are still affected by it. ‘
In a statement to Lorraine, a government spokesman said: “As the Minister for Women and Equality has pointed out, we are determined to take decisive action to ban the heinous practice of conversion therapy. We will come up with plans to do so very soon. ‘
Dustin said, “I’m very happy to hear you say they are going to ban it, which it should be. It should be banned.
“Every day this government fails to act, more and more LGBTQ people are undergoing this therapy right here.
‘A therapy the predominant outcome of which is self-harm. Soon Liz Truss came and went, that’s gone. The UK government must act now because you will soon be missing out and people are suffering. ‘
Dustin added, “I’m very happy to hear that they say they are going to ban it, which it should be. It should be banned ‘(pictured with Tom in 2019)
Dustin and Tom are parents to son Robbie, two, and the filmmaker says he wants his children to grow up with “strong self-esteem”.
He said, “I am a parent now – the most important thing for us is that our children are happy. You have a strong sense of self, a strong sense of self.
I therefore appeal to all parents, parents of LGBTQ children and parents of heterosexual children and parents who do not yet know, to your ministers, to your representatives to write and make your voices heard.
“I think any parent would be heartbroken to find out that their child was approached by someone who said, ‘We can change you and you need to be changed, something fundamental about you needs to be changed. “
“It’s so overwhelming, it robs us of self-esteem and we understand the results. Speak, let your voice be heard, it could help and openly save lives. ‘
Support: Dustin also spoke about Tom’s Olympic preparation and said, “He’s working very, very hard for Tokyo. And I think he’s doing very, very well. ‘
Dustin also spoke about Tom’s Olympic preparation, saying, “He’s working very, very hard for Tokyo. And I think he’s doing very, very well. I think he’ll be in a competition or two right before the Olympics. ‘
He said he was not allowed to go as a spectator: “We’ll make enough noise here that he can hear us on this 10-meter platform all the way in Tokyo.”
And he laughed at Tom’s new love for knitting and crocheting: “Send help – everything in this house is covered in knitting and crocheting!
“I love that he does all these fashionable things, but let me show you what he crocheted last night … He knitted a cat sofa! He crocheted a cat sofa! I’m married to my grandmother, I had no idea. That’s rude!’
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