Documentaries / Cures that Kill (Part 2)


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On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.  In 2001, China followed suit and officially scrapped homosexuality from the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders.

10 years have passed since then, but the idea that homosexuality is a mental disorder is still alive and kicking in many Chinese minds.  A lot of mental health professionals are still treating homosexuality as a mental disorder, and numerous hospitals open clinics aimed at “curing homosexuals”, publicly boasting about their transformative successes with homosexual “patients”.  Tragically, those mental health professionals are often the first people approached by LGBT-people struggling with their sexual identity – while they might think they’re helping their patients with a “curing” program, hundreds of people worldwide who have gone through such programs have testified to the trauma’s they endured.  These cures don’t heal: they kill.

In this documentary, Queer Comrades takes you to the mental health world, introducing you to experts who are fighting the misguided LGBT conceptions of their colleagues, and featuring 2 “ex-patients” who are adamant to tell the world about the dangers of enlisting in LGBT “curing” programs.

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  • 14th May 2012 / Hamdian

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  • 12th May 2012 / Samarpit

    SPEvery single I day I go to bed tinnkhig about how to handle coming out, and every single day I wake up with the sinking feeling, that unless I want my life to turn COMPLETELY upside down, that I simply can’t.Being that I am still not really at the stage in my life where I want to be in a relationship, it’s easier. Slowly though, I am starting to feel that urge to fill some sort of gap in my life that a significant other’ is suppose to fill. I’m only 22, but time flies!Why haven’t I come out? Because every time my parents see a gay guy, or lesbian gal on television, they look on in utter horror. They have no problem watching straight sex scenes in movies without flinching. Stick a gay guy and his boyfriend on screen, and have them hold hands, and the look on their faces can be described as nothing other than pure disgust. They vocalize their disgust as well, Oh, this doesn’t need to be on my TV , or That’s just so many kinds of wrong, what filth Every time I see this, I picture them looking at me the same way; how terrifying!I am currently living with them until after the New Year. Once I save up a few paychecks from my new job, I’ll be moving out, and establishing my financial independence. For me to be honest with them, and to face whatever consequences may come, I don’t want to make it harder than it has to be. Will I lose everything? Certainly not. I’m a pretty smart guy who has made a lot of connections in this world. I’m young, and haven’t yet really established any roots in my life so far. Does that make it any easier? No way. The day either of my parents looks at me the way they look at homosexuality portrayed in modern television will be a very, very difficult day to get through.

  • 12th May 2012 / Jenna

    I am totally wowed and perpraed to take the next step now.

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