A recent Chinese media report has been published exposing underground doctors in China who offer to exorcise the homosexuality out of their patients.
Just last week, we saw a documentary featuring a group of brave gay rights activists who go undercover to expose dangerous electric shock therapies and drug treatments used by Chinese clinics to “treat” patients’ homosexuality, but apparently that is just the tip of the iceberg.
The Beijing News report follows a man named Chen Wei who says that he has been bothered by his attraction to fellow men for a long time. He searched online and finally decided to visit a Beijing clinic to have his homosexuality “cured.”
At the clinic, a doctor told Chen that his sexual preference was actually caused by a “meridan obstruction,” a traditional Chinese medicine term used to describe those times when your yin just won’t flow. The doctor suggested a treatment of harmless collagen injections that would leave him totally cured and heterosexual in just three days.
However, these shots cost 10,000 yuan, so Chen and his family decided to browse around a bit first and discovered another clinic offering an alternative therapy for less money.
The treatment was essentially exorcism, but with Chinese characteristics. Director Zhong revealed to Chen that his homosexuality was in fact the result of a dead pet parrot that had been haunting him for all these year and making him like other dudes.
“I can see this parrot and it has come back for revenge,” Zhong said.
To drive this evil parrot from his body, Zhong murmured some spells and smacked Chen on his head, back and shoulders. He then wrote out a charm on yellow paper, wrapped it in red paper and asked Chen to carry it with him always. In case all that hadn’t worked, Zhong also prescribed some ginger, jujube and other traditional Chinese medicines.
Still none of this has worked and Chen says that his homosexuality hasn’t gone away. All that he is left with from the treatments is the emotional trauma. This would all be way more funny if it wasn’t so sad.
Electric shock “gay conversion treatments” were ruled against in a landmark case in Beijing last year in the nation’s first ever “gay conversion” suit. No idea if “exorcism treatments” is covered in that ruling.
That case was brought against a Chongqing counseling center by an ex-client who said the electroshock therapy he was subjected to left him traumatized. Chinese search behemoth Baidu, which accepted online ads promoting “cures for homosexuality” by the counseling center and other similar clinics, was also named as a defendant in the case.
The activist, Yangzi Peng, later opened up about his controversial lawsuit against Baidu and the gay conversion clinic in an Al Jazeera documentary.
[Images via Sina]