A documentary by AJ+, the Al Jazeera digital video channel has uncovered China’s widespread practice of conversion therapy, or “gay cure”.
The 8-minute documentary follows a gay man, Yanzi Peng, who launches a lawsuit against a clinic after he experienced their conversion therapy.
The clinic claimed that they could make gay people heterosexual with the use of hypnosis and electric shock treatment.
Homosexuality has been legal since 1991 in Hong Kong, and 1996 iin Macau. It was legalised nationwide in 1997. The Chinese Society of Psychiatry declassified homosexuality as a mental illness in 2001.
China has no discrimination protections for its LGBT community.