Target: Beijing Court
Goal: Support man in his case against a Chinese clinic that administered gay-straight “conversion therapy”
In March 2014, a lawsuit was filed against a clinic in Chongqing, China because they allegedly used electroshock therapy in order to help a patient stop “homosexual thoughts.” This is the country’s first time witnessing a case against gay-straight “conversion therapy” and it will hopefully lead to a breakthrough in China’s traditional attitude towards homosexuality.
In 2001, homosexuality was no longer classified as a mental disease in China. However, homosexuality is still taboo in many areas. For example, the education system presents homosexuality as a psychological problem in textbooks and there remains a great emphasis on getting married and having children in a heterosexual partnership. Additionally, same-sex marriages are still not legal in China.
According to Xin Ying, a director of the Beijing LGBT center, there were many clinics open that offer conversion therapy, and many feel that therapy is their only option when faced with pressure from their families. However, out of all the patients who received this treatment and were interviewed by Mr. Xin, none reported a successful experience.
Before the case opened, a protest staged by several members of the LGBT center occurred in front of the courthouse in order to support the plaintiff, who goes by the name Xiao Zhen. The protestors dressed up as doctors and nurses and held signs saying “homosexuals do not need treatment.” By signing the petition below you are joining the fight against conversion therapy in China and supporting the case against the Chongqing clinic.
Dear Beijing Court,
A case taken up by your court is the first case regarding gay-straight conversion therapy to be heard in China. It is important to know that this case can create an important source of momentum for the LGBT movement and in changing how homosexuality is perceived in Chinese society.
Historically, Chinese tradition places a great emphasis on passing down familial legacy through marriage and childbearing. For this reason, many clinics nationwide have offered conversion therapy as a way to “cure” homosexuality. Finally, in 2001, the Chinese government stopped labeling homosexuality as a mental illness. It is necessary to remember that conversion therapy has not been successful because homosexuality is not a disease. I applaud your boldness for taking on this case, and I call upon you to review it with unprejudiced minds.
[Your Name Here]
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