Trying to turn gays straight is legal in NI

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No public money has been spent trying to turn gay people straight but neither is there a law in Northern Ireland banning conversion therapy or any intention of introducing one.

That’s according to the Health Minister who was asked about funding for so-called “conversion therapy” by SDLP MLA Fearghal McKinney.

The Minister responded: “The Department does not fund any organisation to carry out reparative or conversion therapy on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals.

“Statutory services within the HSC have not used or prescribed reparative or conversion therapy.”

“There is no law either permitting or banning the use of conversion therapy in Northern Ireland. Considerationhas not been given to introducing legislation.”