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For decades, the legal status of consensual same-sex activity between men was ambiguous, but that was cleared up in the revised criminal code of 1997.In 2001, the Chinese Society of Psychiatry removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.This is consistent with the consensus of global medical associations that homosexuality is not a medical condition.However, public hospitals and private clinics in China continue to offer so-called “conversion therapy,” which aims to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual, based on the false assumption that homosexuality is a disorder that needs to be remedied.Chinese authorities should immediately take steps to ensure that its declassification of homosexuality as a mental disorder is supported by meaningful protections.They should prohibit the forced admission of individuals without mental disease or disorder into psychiatric facilities, and establish disciplinary and accountability mechanisms to address abusive and unethical medical and psychiatric practices.So, take a stroll down memory lane to remember all of our past Word of the Year selections.The psychiatrist told my mom: ‘Homosexuality is just like all the other mental diseases, like depression, anxiety, or bipolar. Trust me, leave him here, he is in good hands.’ — Wen Qi (pseudonym), March 16, 2017 Homosexuality is neither a crime nor officially regarded as an illness in China.
Use of electroshocks have arguably amounted to acts of torture, or inhuman or degrading treatment.Our Word of the Year choice serves as a symbol of each year’s most meaningful events and lookup trends.It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.The interviewees included 14 gay men, two lesbians and two transgender women.
The interviewees’ ages (at the time of undergoing conversion therapy) ranged from 15 to 35.All interviewees were emphatic about one thing: they would not have undergone conversion therapy were it not for family and social pressure.