"Gay Cure"
< 1 min read

A new documentary has exposed psychiatrists and doctors supporting the use of, and conducting dangerous “gay cure” therapy in China.

The documentary, Unreported World: China’s Gay Shock Therapy, has LGBTI activists go undercover and film consultations with medical professionals, who discuss solutions for the patients homosexuality.

One undercover scene reveals a doctor telling her patient to take drugs that will induce nausea, so he feels sick every time he feels “urges”.


During the same consultation, the doctor also recommends electroshock therapy for the patient.

“Your current conditioned reflex is when you see the same-sex you feel love, now what I want to make you feel is scared.”

In 2014 a clinic that offered electroshock therapy and hypnosis to “cure” gay people were forced to apologize and pay a fine by a Beijing court. However the documentary highlights that dangerous “gay cure” therapy, including electric shock “treatment” is clearly still being conducted throughout China.


The film shows one activist undergoing the horrific shock “treatment” that the Huashan clinic charges him 3,500 yuan to be conducted. The cost of each horrific “treatment” is more than double an average Chinese worker’s pay, the patient is advised to return for repeat treatments.

The documentaries reporter, Shaunagh Connaire, said it was a “privilege” to work with LGBTI activists in China.

“It was extraordinary to spend time with people … who are doing so much to change the landscape for the LGBT community in China,” she explained.

“This an issue I care deeply about and having the opportunity to document their bravery and resilience was a privilege”


Last Updated on Oct 10, 2015

The news team for Gay Nation love tips from our readers. Got tips or a news story that you would like published? Go here to tell us something.
Visit the Gay Nation store Now