Court orders hospital to apologize to gay man
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.