The interviewees’ ages (at the time of undergoing conversion therapy) ranged from 15 to 35.Among 17 interviewees, three went through conversion therapy at private psychiatric clinics, 13 underwent conversion therapy in state-run hospitals, and one received so-called "treatment" at both a public hospital and a private clinic.The cases spanned 12 different provinces, although one interviewee withheld the details of his location, due to security concerns.The data on location distribution shows a variety of locations.
This report is based on interviews conducted between September 2016 and April 2017.
Use of electroshocks have arguably amounted to acts of torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment.
China does not have a law protecting individuals from discrimination due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Allowing the discriminatory practice of conversion therapy in public hospitals and state-licensed clinics is inconsistent with the Chinese government's obligations under its national law, and international law.
Chinese authorities should immediately take steps to ensure that its declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder is supported by meaningful protections.
Despite all efforts, no one experienced any change to their sexual orientation.