Target: Li Bin, Minister for Health in China
Goal: Commend prohibition on cruel ‘conversion therapy’ that subjects LGBT individuals to pain and discrimination
For over two thousand years, same-sex love in China has been considered a taboo. And for those too ‘weak’ to ‘tame their urges,’ the Chinese healthcare system has touted ‘conversion therapy’ as the only way to attain societal acceptance and be spared the consequences of being homosexual in an intolerant climate. However, a court ruling and support from China’s Ministry of Health has recently outlawed such treatments, bringing the country one step closer to acknowledging the rights of its LGBT population.
A court ruling in Beijing found that conversion therapy is ‘false,’ and noted that homosexuality is not an illness deserving of ‘treatment.’ Along with the Beijing court, China’s Minister of Health, Li Bin, also noted that the organization has long since removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders and that homosexuality was decriminalized in 1997. Despite this, many clinics, healthcare centers and hospitals have engaged in unlawful conversion therapy.
For countless years lesbians, gays, transgender people and bisexuals sought help for their so-called deviant sexual orientation through conversion therapy, which is the controversial practice of ‘changing’ a person’s sexual orientation through highly debatable and sometimes dangerous treatments, like hypnosis and electric shock therapy. Many people who undergo conversion therapy leave physically hurt and mentally scarred, with their sexual orientations unchanged.
The recent groundbreaking ruling comes after a gay Chinese man named Yang Teng sued the company that advertised his conversion therapy online and the clinic that provided the reputed treatment in 2013, and won. Whether for religious motivations, financial gain, or both, offering damaging therapies on the erroneous promise of converting individuals to heterosexuality is not only unlawful, but preposterous.
Sign the petition to commend the outlaw of conversion therapy in China and support the rights of the country’s LGBT population.
Dear Minister Li Bin,
For thousands of years, the subject of same-sex love has been largely taboo in China. Same sex partnerships are not recognized in China, nor are there laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination. And, as a devastating plus, much of the LGBT population has undergone damaging conversion therapy as a means to gain some semblance of acceptance, whether religious or societal. So far, we’ve learned that therapies don’t work and that homosexuality is not something you can ‘cure.’
The recent ruling by the Beijing court, along with the fact that homosexuality was removed from the country’s list of mental disorders and decriminalized in 1997, is a triumphant step towards the rights of LGBT people being recognized in the country. China’s LGBT population deserves to be liberated after countless years of hiding.
Thank you for having a hand in the prohibition of conversion therapy in China, and for supporting LGBT rights.
[Your Name Here]
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