Report by Human Rights Watch reveals gross human rights violations against LGBT individuals and forced conversion therapy in China

The HRW report titled ‘“Have You Considered Your Parents’ Happiness?”: Conversion Therapy Against LGBT People in China’ highlights the prevalent practices of public hospitals and private clinics offering “conversion therapy,” which aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual, based on the false assumption that homosexuality is a medical or mental disorder that needs to be remedied. The report documents multiple abusive aspects of conversion therapy, including coercion and threats, physical abduction, arbitrary confinement, forced medication and injection, and use of electroshocks. The report expresses concern about the lack of laws protecting individuals with non-confirming sexual orientation or with non-binary gender identities.