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Truck convoy protesting conversion therapy travels through Shanghai

Truck convoy protesting conversion therapy travels through Shanghai

Shanghai conversion

An art protest against conversion therapy in China has traveled through Shanghai.

Chinese artist Wu Laobai is using a convoy of trucks to protest conversion therapy in China.

His trucks will be touring various conversion therapy centers in Shanghai.

Wu Laobai’s truck convoy in Shanghai (Photo: Provided)

Touring Shanghai

Wu launched the campaign on Friday (11 January).

His protest was inspired by the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, where a mother writes messages on billboards protesting the flawed investigation into her daughter’s murder.

The first reads, ‘It’s been 19 years, why?’ referencing a 2001 ruling that declassified homosexuality as a mental illness.

‘The diagnostic criteria for mental disorders in China still retain “Sexual Orientation Disorder”’ the middle sign says.

‘To cure a ‘disease’ that does not exist?’ Wu’s final truck says.

Wu Laobai’s truck convoy in Shanghai (Photo: Provided)

130 conversion therapy centers

Although the LGBTI community are far from the most persecuted group in China, there remain cultural taboos against homosexuality.

Conversion therapy remains widespread in China, with numerous centers scattered around not only Shanghai, but across the country.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) wrote a damning report of the practice in China in 2017, pointing to instances of forced injections and electrotherapy. The organization called for the centers to be closed immediately.

Wu Laobai’s truck convoy in Shanghai (Photo: Provided)

Wu, who crowdfunded his campaign, has plans for the convoy to go to Nanjing, Jinan, Tianjin, Beijing, Shijiazhuang, Zhumadian, and Hefei.

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