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    Man wins lawsuit in China over forced gay conversion therapy

    BEIJING (AP) " A gay man in central China has successfully sued a mental hospital over forced conversion therapy, in what activists are hailing as the first such victory in a country where the LGBT rights movement is gradually emerging from the fringes.

    A court in Zhumadian in Henan province ordered a city mental hospital to publish a public apology in local newspapers and pay the 38-year-old man 5,000 yuan ($735) in compensation, according to a copy of the June 26 judgment seen by The Associated Press.

    The man, surnamed Yu, had been forcibly admitted to the institution in 2015 by his wife and relatives and diagnosed with "sexual preference disorder," court documents show. He was forced to take medicine and receive injections before finally walking free after 19 days.

    In its relatively narrow ruling, the court did not weigh in on the practice of gay conversion therapy or account for Yu's sexual orientation. The court said forcing Yu into a mental institution if he did not pose a danger to himself or others amounted to "infringing on the plaintiff's right to individual freedom."

    China removed homosexuality from its list of recognized mental illnesses more than 15 years ago but stories are rife of families admitting their relatives for conversion therapy.

    Gay rights activists say the case marks the first victory against a public mental institution for compulsory therapy against a patient's will. In 2014, a Beijing man named Peng Yanhui checked himself into a private conversion clinic to investigate its advertised electroshock treatments. Peng, a gay rights activist who goes by Yanzi, then sued the clinic and won a $500 decision from a Beijing court for the suffering he endured in treatment.
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    ... "infringing on the plaintiff's right to individual freedom ...
    Human rights in China.
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    More on "gay conversion" crap in China. BBC

    Verbal abuse is the tip of the iceberg, according to the report.
    It says 11 of those interviewed were forced to take medication without being informed about its purpose or side-effects.

    One 29-year-old gay man who underwent "treatment" at a public hospital in Fujian province three years ago said the doctors and nurses did not tell him what pills he was taking.

    "They just told me they were supposed to be good for me and help with the progress of the 'treatment'," he explained.

    Zhang Zhikun, a transgender woman, said she was forced to watch gay porn while being injected with a "colourless liquid".

    Five of those interviewed were subjected to electric shocks while being shown images or videos - or given verbal descriptions - of homosexual acts.

    Gong Lei described his experience.

    "The doctor asked me to relax because I was going to practise some kind of hypnosis and to think about sex scenes with my boyfriend - at that moment I felt pain in both wrists. I did not know what was happening."

    Another interviewee remembered going through nine electroshock sessions during his two-month "treatment".

    "My wrists and arms felt numb, my head too. But the most painful part was my stomach."
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    Default Re: Man wins lawsuit in China over forced gay conversion therapy

    In slightly better news, and despite the government being really, really pissed about it, Hong Kong will be the first Asian city to host the Gay Games in 2022.

    Gay Games 2022 will see Hong Kong values put to the test

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