A gay man is to sue a Chinese clinic after doctors tried to turn him straight with hypnosis.
A Beijing court has agreed to hear the case and is reportedly the first time a court in China has taken up a suit against a ‘gay cure’ organization.
Xinyu Piaoxiang, the clinic in Congqing, offered the ‘gay conversion’ hypnosis treatment to the man involved.
The plaintiff alleges that not only did the treatment not work, he is now suffering from significant psychological damage.
He is not only suing the clinic, but Baidu, a Google-like service where the procedure was advertised.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Advocacy China has told Al Jazeera this is the first time a court in China has taken up such a suit.
‘It’s a sign of tolerance’, a spokesman said.
In 2001, homosexuality was officially declassified as a mental illness in China.
But many LGBTI people still feel pressure to be straight, and are easy prey to the many clinics that offer ‘gay cure’ therapies.