Queen Elizabeth II carried out her first major engagement since the funeral of her husband Prince Philip today.
It was her first official engagement outside of Windsor Castle since the Duke of Edinburgh died at 99 last month.
She unveiled the UK government’s legislative agenda and confirmed plans to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy in a formal ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.
One in 20 LGBTQ people in the UK has been offered conversion therapy, and an additional 2% have taken part in it, according to a survey of over 100,000 people by the UK government in 2017.
A government spokeswoman said in a statement to CNN,
“Tens of thousands of people said they had been offered some form of [conversion] therapy.
It is shocking to hear people are being exploited in this way after opening up about their sexuality or gender identity.”
Led by the “ex-gay” movement in churches, the controversial service is offered discreetly by religious leaders and psychotherapists and sometimes not even explained to its subjects.