Minister O’Gorman announces research into conversion therapy that will inform ban on the practice
Posted on: 08 July 2022
Research into conversion therapy is being conducted by Trinity’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. The research will inform legislation that will prohibit the practice of conversion therapy.
Roderic O’Gorman, Minister for Children, Disability, Equality and Integration, today announced that research into conversion therapy is being conducted by a team from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Trinity.
Conversion therapies are practices that can be defined as any treatment aimed at changing a person's sexual orientation or gender identity. They have been widely discredited as being both ineffective and harmful to those who are exposed to them.
Announcing the research, Minister O’Gorman said:
“I want to reaffirm the Government’s commitment to legislate to ban the practice of conversion therapy. The research will ensure that the legislation is based on reliable evidence, and grounded in best international practice.”
The research study will give an insight into how conversion therapy practices operate in Ireland.
Dr Brian Keogh who is leading the research team at Trinity, said:
“Interviewing people who have first-hand experience of conversion therapy will help us to understand how it affected them and if there are any long-term consequences. It will also help us to determine who is most vulnerable to conversion practices and what types of practices are involved.”
The study will also include an examination of the growing body of recent international research literature in the area.
Minister O’Gorman added:
“I have met with people who have experienced conversion therapy, and they have told me about the effect of a practice which, at its core, seeks to undermine an individual’s identity and, in doing so, leaves a lasting trauma. The research being carried out by Trinity College Dublin is an important first step in banning this cruel practice in Ireland.”
Individuals who would like to know more about the study or wish to take part can contact the research team at Trinity at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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