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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