Hundreds of religious leaders from around the world have issued a joint statement calling for a global ban on so-called conversion procedures.

Conversion procedures are clear human rights violations. Yet the practice is still legal in many countries. International faith leaders have therefore joined forces and founded the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives. The Commission fights for the worldwide ban of so-called “homo/trans* healing”.

Global Interfaith Commission


The Commission was launched at an online launch event on 16 December. At the event, 370 religious leaders from around the world signed a proclamation calling for an end to the criminalisation of people based on their sexual orientation and a global ban on so-called conversion procedures. The signatories of the declaration also ask for forgiveness for religious teachings that have harmed the LGBTIQ* community.

The Proclamation of the Sanctity of Life and Dignity of All People states that people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions “are a precious part of creation and part of the natural order” and affirms that all “should be treated equally under the law” because “all are equal under God”.


The statement goes on to say that “certain religious teachings” have inflicted “deep pain and insult” on the LGBTIQ* community and “created systems of oppression that fuel intolerance, perpetuate injustice and lead to violence. This has led, and continues to lead, to many being rejected and alienated from their families, their religious groups and cultural communities.”



370 signatures from 35 countries



The signatories, who come from over 35 countries, include 9 Archbishops, 51 Bishops and 16 Deans from all corners of the Anglican Communion, 65 Rabbis and other faith leaders from Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism. The full list of signatures can be viewed HERE.

Among the best known signatories are 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond. M. Tutu of South Africa, the President of the Academy of Jewish Religion Rabbi Mel Gottlieb, the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ Rev. John C. Dorhauer and the President of the Alliance of Baptists Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews. In Germany, Rabbi Jeremy Borovitz from Halle and Rev. Jürgen Wandel from the Württemberg State Church signed the proclamation.



Politicians are called upon to act


For Jayne Ozanne, director of the Global Interfaith Commission on LGBT+ Lives, the declaration is a milestone.

“We have never had such a powerful, clear and supportive statement from so many leaders.”

Ozanne said she “does not believe that any government can be deaf to the cries of survivors” and called on politicians to finally ban conversion procedures. People would still be traumatised while politicians dawdled, she said. “We need to act with some urgency,” Ozanne said.

Her criticism was particularly directed against Great Britain, which still allows so-called “homo/trans* healing”. However, the UK has committed to ending the practice and Boris Johnson announced in July 2020 that he would push for a ban.

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