Chinese doctors claim to 'cure gayness' with electro-shock in scary hidden camera footage

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Is The Ex-Gay Movement Ending?

Shocking hidden camera footage reveals there are doctors in China still using electro-shock therapy to "cure" gayness.

As shown in the new BBC documentary, Unreported World, unidentified psychiatrists and doctors suggest this dangerous 'gay cure' therapy can work.



Cleary, this is not something that can be "cured," so why are some doctors still suggesting electro-shock therapy?

It has been 15 years since the Chinese Psychiatric Association stopped classifying homosexuality as a mental illness, but apparently that hasn't stopped some doctors from trying to "cure" patients' gayness.



In the new documentary, LGBT activists go undercover and tell doctors they "want to live a normal life." Hidden camera footage reveals doctors shockingly recommend electro-shock therapy.

"It's a small electric rod. When you have these urges, you shock yourself with the rod. Then you know you should avoid those urges."

One activist involved in this documentary series actually underwent the shock therapy; he is clearly in a serious amount of pain and reports that half of his face went numb.

This Chinese couple held an informal marriage ceremony to push for union:

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Chinese doctors claim to 'cure gayness' with electro-shock in scary hidden camera footage
Li Tingting, second from right, laughs as she is lifted off the ground by her wife Teresa Xu, right, outside of a beauty salon where the two were preparing for their wedding as clerks from an adjacent shop look on in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Teresa Xu, left, and Li Tingting, right, share a kiss in a beauty salon where the two were preparing for their wedding in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Li Tingting, left, and Teresa Xu, hold each other during their wedding ceremony in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Teresa Xu, left, and Li Tingting, second from left, share a toast with friends after their wedding ceremony in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Li Tingting, left, and Teresa Xu, second from left, are sprayed with silly string by a well-wisher as they arrive for their wedding in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Li Tingting, left, and Teresa Xu, right, clean silly string off of each other after being sprayed by a well-wisher at their wedding in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Teresa Xu, left, and Li Tingting, right, show off their wedding rings before their wedding in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Teresa Xu, left, and Li Tingting, right, share a moment outside of a beauty salon where the two were preparing for their wedding in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Teresa Xu, left, and her wife Li Tingting, second from left, laugh as they prepare for their wedding in a beauty salon in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Teresa Xu, left, and Li Tingting, right, share a kiss as clerks take photographs in a beauty salon where the two were preparing for their wedding in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Teresa Xu, left, and Li Tingting, right, share an intimate moment outside of a beauty salon where the two were preparing for their wedding in Beijing, Thursday, July 2, 2015. A prominent Chinese lesbian couple held a simple ceremony Thursday to announce their informal marriage, in their latest effort to push for legalization of same-sex unions in China. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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