Thousands of LGBT+ people protest for inclusive conversion therapy ban: ‘We must stand together’

Thousands of LGBT+ people took to the streets of central London in a striking show of pent-up anger against the government’s threadbare conversion therapy ban.

Organisers said that at least 3,000 people gathered outside Downing Street Sunday afternoon (10 April).

As much as many told PinkNews that they felt almost broken by the government’s approach, protesters said they were determined to show ministers just how betrayed the community feels about the decision to ban gay conversion therapy but exclude trans people.

Buttressing placards reading “ban conversion therapy” and bellowing “what do we need in it? trans people”, the demonstrators drove London’s rackety traffic to a halt as they blocked major thoroughfares.

The rally was a blue book of LGBT+ people and groups, including RuPaul’s Drag Race UK stars Ella Vaday and River Medway as well as Stonewall, Mermaids, TransActual and Pride in London.

Iain Anderson, one of the government’s top LGBT+ advisers who dramatically quit from his post over the “damaging” exclusionary ban, also attended.

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