Chinese hospitals are still offering highly discredited (not to mention horrific) electro-shock treatment to “cure” gay people, a new BBC documentary has revealed.
In the film Unreported World, activists go undercover to expose the psychiatrists and doctors administering the controversial therapy.
One patient is told to ingest nausea-inducing drops to make him feel sick every time he has “urges.”
“Your current conditioned reflex is when you see the same sex you feel love,” she says. “Now what I want to make you feel is scared.”
She also recommends shock therapy.
Last year, a Beijing clinic was forced to apologize and pay out a fine for offering shock treatment as a way to “cure” gayness, but as the film shows, the practice has not stopped everywhere.
“It was extraordinary to spend time with people like John and Iron (Beijing LGBT Centre activists), who are doing so much to change the landscape for the LGBT community in China,” reporter Shaunagh Connaire said.
“This an issue I care deeply about and having the opportunity to document their bravery and resilience was a privilege.”
See a preview of the doc below: