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Contact: Wayne Besen
Quack Therapist ‘Cures’ LGBT People With Cold Showers
BURLINGTON,Vt. – Truth Wins Out and Dan Choi launched a petition on Change.org today calling on Hong Kong’s government to drop its support for “ex-gay” quack therapist Hong Kwai-wah. Hong Kong’s Social Welfare Department recently held a workshop for its staff led by Hong Kwai-wah who claims he can “cure” LGBT people by having them take cold showers. The effort to infiltrate Hong Kong’s government and promote anti-gay ideology is spearheaded by Canada-based Exodus Global Alliance and United States-based Exodus International.
In today’s action, Dan Choi urges people to sign the petition and condemns Western efforts to export “ex-gay” therapy.
“When I came out to my parents, I did so because integrity is the most important character trait we can leave future generations,” wrote Choi in the petition. “Saving face is only possible by telling the truth. Join me and Truth Wins Out in signing this important petition to stop ‘ex-gay’ lies in Asia and beyond.”
“Scandal-prone ‘ex-gay’ programs have become a joke in the West, so these charlatans are exporting their scientifically-bankrupt theories overseas,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “As they opportunistically look for new global markets to exploit, we will put a cold shower on these fraudulent efforts. There is not a single acre on the map in which these slippery groups can hide from our work to spotlight and expose their quack therapies.”
The American Psychiatric Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association all say that there is no evidence to support the efficacy of so-called “ex-gay” therapy and attempts to change sexual orientation can be psychologically harmful. The Hong Kong organization Rainbow Action protested the Hong Kong Social Welfare Department last week to draw international attention to the issue.
Dan Choi is a West Point graduate, combat veteran, and proud son of immigrants. He was a leading voice in the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. His website is www.ltdanchoi.com
Truth Wins Out is a non-profit organization that fights anti-LGBT religious extremism and the “ex-gay” myth. TWO specializes in turning information into action by organizing, advocating and fighting for LGBT equality.