Court or­ders hos­pi­tal to apol­o­gize to gay man

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION - By Zhang Hui

An in­ter­me­di­ate court in Cen­tral China’s He­nan Prov­ince on Fri­day or­dered a psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal to apol­o­gize to a gay man for treat­ing him as a pa­tient against his will af­ter the clinic with­drew its ap­peal against an ear­lier judg­ment.

The Sec­ond Peo­ple’s Hos­pi­tal of Zhu­ma­dian must is­sue an open apol­ogy in lo­cal news­pa­pers and pay 5,000 yuan ($737) as com­pen­sa­tion to the plain­tiff within 10 days, ac­cord­ing to a ver­dict handed down on Fri­day by Zhu­ma­dian In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court which up­held the orig­i­nal judg­ment, Huang Rui, lawyer for the man, told the Global Times.

The plain­tiff, Yu Hu (pseu­do­nym), was sent to the hos­pi­tal forcibly by rel­a­tives on Oc­to­ber 8, 2015 af­ter he filed for di­vorce. He was hos­pi­tal­ized for 19 days, and was forced to re­ceive in­jec­tions and take med­i­ca­tion, in­clud­ing an­tide­pres­sants. Yu claimed that the hos­pi­tal used those mea­sures to treat his sex­ual pref­er­ences.

Yu sued the hos­pi­tal at Zhu­ma­dian’s Yicheng district court which is­sued a ver­dict on June 26. But the hos­pi­tal ap­pealed.

“My client and I are sat­is­fied with the re­sult. And the case has sig­nif­i­cant mean­ings in help­ing LGBT peo­ple bet­ter iden­tify them­selves, and also for im­prov­ing so­ci­ety’s treat­ment of the group,” Huang said.

He said that he has dealt with many cases in which psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tals ad­mit­ted and treated pa­tients il­le­gally, and the case may send a warn­ing sig­nal to them to re­con­sider their stan­dards for ac­cept­ing pa­tients.

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