Stop the Abusive Treatment of LGBTQ People in China

Target: Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China

Goal: Ensure that China cracks down on abusive conversion therapy treatments that violate the human rights of LGBTQ individuals.

LGBTQ rights are under attack in China. Although so-called gay conversion therapy was formally banned in China following a 2014 lawsuit, Human Rights Watch has found that many doctors and government-run hospitals are still using abusive and outdated ‘gay conversion’ techniques aimed at ‘turning’ gay people straight. The report alleges that these practices continue to be widespread, with many cases involving adolescents forced into treatment by their families. We must demand justice for the LGBTQ community in China.

Some of the harmful ‘treatments’ Chinese doctors and therapists were found to be using include dangerous electroshock treatment and so-called aversion therapy, where patients are forced to take nausea-inducing drugs and watch pornographic content. Other patients have reported being humiliated and insulted by medical staff, and being asked to consider their parents’ happiness first before their own needs.

These sorts of treatments are not only illegal, but degrading and abusive. China must do more to enforce its existing laws. Sign this petition and demand that the Chinese president launch an in-depth investigation and crack down on any potential violations.


Dear President Jinping,

Three years ago, the Chinese government declared that sexual orientation conversion therapies should be banned. However, Human Rights Watch has concluded that many of the objectionable practices, including electroshock or aversion-based therapies, are still widespread in many clinics and government-run hospitals across China. Homosexuality is not a mental illness, and there is no reason for medical professionals to attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation.

China has a long history of cultural stigma against homosexuality, but the LGBTQ community of your nation does not deserve to live in fear. I urge you to immediately call for investigations of all reported violations and to strongly enforce all laws that prohibit this abusive form of treatment.


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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop it china. let lgbtq+ people be themselves. lgbtq+ people are not a disorder. this is cissexist and heterosexist to treat them with torture devices. lgbtq+ is not a crime. this is like aba therapy for the developmentally delayed or disabled. impossible to alter the gender and or romantic/sexual orientation. you don’t cure them for who they are. if china were smart enough to reduce overpopulaiton, why convert lgbtq+ people into cishets?

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