Gay Chinese man wins legal battle over forced conversion therapy

Malta to legalise gay marriage

Louis CK releases gay gang film on his website


Gay Chinese man wins legal battle over forced conversion therapy


A gay man in central China has won an apology and compensation from a mental hospital over forced conversion therapy, reports say.


The man, identified only by his surname Yu, had been admitted by his wife and relatives to the hospital in the town of Zhumadian in Henan province in 2015.


He was forced to take medicine and have injections over 19 days.


But the court found that forcing him into a mental institution if he did not pose a danger infringed his rights.


Last month it ordered the hospital – which had diagnosed Mr Yu with “sexual preference disorder” – to publish a public apology in local newspapers and pay the 38-year-old $735.


However the court did not express an opinion on the practice of gay conversion therapy.


Homosexuality was considered to be a mental disorder in China until 2001, and attitudes remain conservative.


Malta to legalise gay marriage


Malta is on the verge of legalising gay marriage after the government brought forward legislation to scrap gendered references to marriage in the country’s legal system.


The draft law, which has received the backing of the centre-right opposition Nationalist Party, will abolish gendered terms such as “husband”, “wife”, “mother” and “father” from the country’s Marriage Act and other laws and replace them with gender-neutral terminology.


It will also be made legal for gay couples to adopt children.


It marks the latest in a series of reforms designed to increase equality in the traditionally Catholic country.


Last year, Malta became the first nation to ban so-called “gay cure” conversion therapy,.


Malta’s archbishop, Charles Scicluna, said the church was “not against gays” but criticised the proposed changes.


Louis CK releases gay gang film on his website


Comedian Louis C.K. is helping get some eyes on a 2016 documentary that made a strong impression on him by making it available to download on his website for five dollars.


The film is titled Check It and it follows the story of a gang of black gay and transgender youth living on the streets of Washington, D.C.


He discovered the feature-length documentary, which was directed by Toby Oppenheimer and Dana Flor, just over a year ago through his friend Steve Buscemi who is the film’s executive producer.


The film carries Louis CK’s recommendation that the film is powerful and will move you, no matter who you are.


Louis C.K. releases a film on his site about a gay and transgender youth gang

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