"We feel it is absolutely necessary for transgender people to have the same level of protection as everybody else." In the past week, support services for trans people have reported an increase in demand: the anti-abuse charity Galop, for example, said it was taking calls to its helpline "from trans people who feel exhausted and dispirited by their exclusion from the government's proposed conversion therapy ban, and the surrounding conversation on social media and in the news".
Meanwhile, individual families contacted the Guardian privately to express their despair at what was described as "a perfect storm of transphobic misunderstanding and misinformation, which is hurting the same vulnerable young people they claim to be protecting". "All LGBT young people, but trans young people especially, are suffering a crisis in mental health," said Dominic Arnall, the chief executive of Just Like Us, a UK-wide charity that works with schools to support LGBT+ youth. "It's driven by the constant drip-drip of negativity from government, media and others, creating a climate that says they are not worthy of the same human rights and freedoms the rest of us enjoy. "The past week in particular has been tremendously difficult for trans young people. They hear the prime minister describing conversion therapy as 'abhorrent' but then not banning it for trans people."