China Orders Payout in ‘Gay Shock Therapy’ Case
A Chinese psychiatric clinic has been ordered to pay compensation to a gay man who sued the clinic for administering shock therapy in an attempt to change his sexuality. BBC News reports:
The man, Yang Teng, said a Beijing court had decreed that the Xinyu Piaoxiang clinic would have to pay him 3,500 yuan ($560; £400).
The decision has been hailed as a legal milestone by gay rights bodies.
Homosexuality has not been classified as a mental illness in China since 2001 but anti-gay prejudice remains common.
Mr Yang said the procedure involved him being told to have sexual thoughts about men at the same time as receiving electric shocks.
[…] The amount awarded by the court did not cover damages for Mr Yang, but did reimburse his “treatment” costs, reports said. [Source]