UK government disbands LGBT advisory panel after members quit in protest

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04/26/2021

The UK government has disbanded an LGBTQ advisory panel after three of its members resigned in protest. Established under former Prime Minister Theresa May as part of the government’s LGBT Action Plan, the panel was intended to advise government ministers on “on issues and policies concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.” However, BBC News reports that the panel had not met with senior government officials since last year, and last month three members of the panel stepped down. In doing so, they accused ministers of creating a “hostile environment” for LGBTQ people and said Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government was “dragging its feet” in banning conversion therapy — a widely debunked and harmful practice that claims to forcibly change a person’s sexuality or gender identity.

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