In a recent nationwide report, 50 percent of homosexual adults revealed a proneness to depression, and of this group, 20 percent were at high risk of the condition.
The Beijing LGBT Center, working alongside the Chinese Institute of Psychology, released the findings of their survey concerning the mental and social wellbeing of gay people on May 16.
Worryingly, very few of those asked were open to psychological help, with 56 percent never even considering it an option. Reasons cited for this alienation included concerns about expense, privacy and quality of service.
Proving to be a remarkably prevalent alternative, 10 percent of those asked had contemplated “conversion therapies” to supposedly change their sexual orientation.
Homosexuality has not been completely removed from the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders, according to John Shen, mental health program officer with the center, perhaps demonstrative of the conservatism which remains in the country.
The report was released to mark the International Day Against Homophobia on May 17. It is progressive on two accounts, being the first to address the gay community nationwide, and uniquely including the views of both men and women. Some of the data was collected via social media platforms such as Weibo.
The results of the survey are particularly pertinent considering the recent, unprecedented arrest of 9 gay rights protestors in Beijing on May 7.
Though rapidly moving forward in so many respects, it appears that the Chinese could better support certain forms of social diversity.
By Justina Crabtree
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