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Hong Kong Government Hires An Expert In ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’

The gay rights group Rainbow Action protested in Hong Kong outside the city’s Social Welfare Department where an expert in gay conversion therapy hired by the government gave a seminar.

The Associated Press reports:

Hong Kong has hired a prominent local psychiatrist who claims he can “re-wire” homosexuals as a trainer for its social welfare staff, sparking outrage among gay rights activists on Friday.

Critics said the move could be the world’s first government-sponsored training session on gay conversion therapy, which includes prayer, cold showers and practising abstinence as a way to avoid same-sex relationships.

“The government seems to think that homosexuals are possessed by evil spirits and needed to be ‘cleansed’ or ‘cured’ through conversion therapy,” Joseph Cho, a spokesman for gay rights group Rainbow Action, told reporters during a protest outside the city’s Social Welfare Department Friday.

“They are criminalising people with same sex orientation — this is an international joke,” he added.

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