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Man launches petition to stop electro-shock 'gay cure'

2014-08-26
Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 12.04.49A man from China has launched a petition to put a stop to 'gay cure' therapies. Xiao Zhen was subjected to electro-shock therapy in an attempt to cure him of his homosexuality, and is now asking the World Health Organisation (WHO) to speak out against such treatments. Over 13,000 people worldwide have already signed Zhen's petition, which is calling for 25,000 signatures - you can sign the petition here. He is asking Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director General of WHO, to reaffirm that being gay is not a disease, condemn gay 'cures', and call on all countries to ban 'conversion therapies'. Zhen said: "I was electro-shocked at a gay 'cure' centre in China. Doctors hypnotised me and said they would 'shock the gay' out of me. "In families like mine, being gay is still seen as something that can be cured, and scam clinics prey on that fear. Now, I want my friends, my family and everyone in China to understand that being gay is normal. "If we get the World Health Organisation (WHO) to join in and speak out against gay 'cures', it could create a perfect storm. It could help convince officials to finally ban these dangerous gay 'cures." > TFL welcomes anti-gay bus advert ban ruling > Dr Christian discusses new documentary ‘Cure Me, I’m Gay’