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15 Jan 2016

Chinese state-run newspaper runs article on how to prevent homosexuality

Chinese LGBT activists have condemned an article in the Yangzhou Evening News by a local psychiatrist

A homophobic article, published Thursday on Yangzhou Evening News, an affiliate to Yangzhou Daily, which is a local government newspaper, has enraged LGBT activists by claiming that homosexuality is preventable.

The article, titled "How parents should prevent teenagers from becoming homosexual,” claimed that most people are not born gay and that a homosexual child  "will be a destructive blow for the family.”

It encourages parents to pay attention to the sexual psychological development of their children.

According to online posts, the article was written by Bu Ru, a psychiatrist at the Wutaishan hospital of Yangzhou, East China's Jiangsu Province.

"The article is filled with wrong information on sexual education," Ah Qiang, founder of PFLAG (Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays) China, told the Global Times.

"Such so-called authoritative opinions may bring more pressure and fear on families and children who don't know the reality of sexuality," Ah Qiang noted.

Recently Chinese society has been progressing towards accepting same-sex relations and marriages. Gay marriages are not recognised by Chinese law even though homosexuality was decriminalised in 1997.

However, there are a number of online ‘professionals’ offering advice on curing or preventing homosexuality.

Last year, a British TV channel reported on doctors prescribing drugs and electric shocks to gay men and lesbians in Beijing, despite homosexuality's declassification as a mental illness in 2001.

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-01-15 22:29  
I was born this way.
Go ahead a zap as much as you want, but it won't alter anything.
So don't waste your time or mine.
2. 2016-01-16 01:00  
Tragic to see "professionals" so misinformed and educated about things that have been accepted in other civilized countries for years! My heart aches for the victims of this savage action on the part of experts in China!

I can only hope that one day as in the United States, the officials with view in China get their act together and embrace all people and their diversity.
3. 2016-01-16 17:30  
Enraged! Lol

Calm down dears.
4. 2016-01-16 22:37  
Two steps forward and one step back. This is indeed a slow walk, however, it is moving forward! Yippee!
Comment #5 was deleted by its author on 2016-01-17 04:38
6. 2016-01-17 04:39  
As long as poor gullible China thinks and acts this way it will stay a third world country. It seems that instead of trying to educate itself and join the 21st Century China is reverting and mentally walling itself into a cocoon from which it will never ameliorate.
7. 2016-01-17 05:08  
Lol @ 6.

One article and you jump to this conclusion!!!

Educate yourself first.
8. 2016-01-17 05:37  
Another in the "How To Prevent Reality" series. I especially liked the one on how to prevent the weather.
9. 2016-01-17 12:40  
Bet they aren't trained in real academic institutions with near infallible credentials, probably some home grown shady institution or some online thing. How to prevent stupidly in China ought to be a greater concern than a persons sexual orientation
10. 2016-01-18 16:22  
#6: "As long as poor gullible China thinks and acts this way it will stay a third world country."

Oh, you mean as opposed to that FIRST world country, the USA, which has perfected the persecution and murder of gays and institutionalized the discrimination against them? Yes, I can the difference.

Then you go on to babble: "It seems that instead of trying to educate itself and join the 21st Century China is reverting and mentally walling itself into a cocoon from which it will never ameliorate."

And upon what basis do you leap to this conclusion? What is your vast experience with China, it's culture, society, and development? Wait, let me guess. This is just more of that good ol' US of A hypocrisy.

11. 2016-01-20 06:44  
that crackpot mentality can happen in any country, thankfully its in the minority.
12. 2016-01-21 19:26  
we have much more to do in China,it will take more time to take in for other public people who dont understand,thanks for all your kind Comments,but the anti homosexuality not only happening in China

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