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Petitioning Exodus International and 19 others

Tell Hong Kong's Social Welfare Department: End Sponsorship of "Ex-Gay" Therapy


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Hello. I'm Dan Choi and I come to you on behalf of Truth Wins Out with a very special request: Please sign this critically important petition today to keep America's "ex-gay" lies out of Asia.

I write with great concern because Hong Kong's Social Welfare Department recently held a workshop for its staff led by a psychiatrist who claims he can "cure" LGBT people by having them take cold showers. The quack doctor, Hong Kwai-wah, is affiliated with Exodus Global Alliance, a discredited group whose work is rejected by every major medical and mental health organization.

As the "ex-gay" message fails in America, Exodus is looking to exploit new markets and export hate overseas. Exodus' last global "outreach" was in Uganda, leading to the notorious and deadly Anti-Homosexuality Bill. This is why it is crucial that we stand up today against Exodus' opportunistic spread of homophobic lies in Asia.

By signing our petition, you will tell the Social Welfare Department that its endorsement of "ex-gay therapy" is bringing great shame to Hong Kong and making a mockery of the department's mission to empower communities with dignity, harmony, and happiness.

Send the Social Welfare Department a message now, urging them to end their humiliating and dangerous partnership with Hong Kwai-wah, and to apologize for legitimizing the dangerous and discredited practice of "curing" LGBT people. This petition will also send a message to Exodus Global Alliance and Exodus International telling these noxious groups to stop exporting anti-gay misinformation across the globe.

When I came out to my parents, I did so because integrity is the most important character trait we can leave future generations. Saving face is only possible by telling the truth. Please let the values of honor and integrity be the greatest inheritance we leave our children.

Join me and Truth Wins Out in signing this important petition so we can put a cold shower on ridiculous "ex-gay" lies in Asia and beyond.

Sincerely,

Dan Choi
West Point Graduate, Combat Veteran, and Proud Son of Immigrants

Letter to
Exodus International
Chief Youth Social Work Officer
Principal Executive Officer
and 17 others
Director of Social Welfare Patrick Nip
Society for Truth and Light
President, Exodus International Alan Chambers
Executive Assistant to Alan Chambers Melissa Condrey
President, Exodus International
Exodus International
Principal Social Worker
Assistant Director of Social Welfare
Exodus Hong Kong
Chinese Embassy, Washington, DC
Chief Clinical Psychologist
Departmental Secretary
Senior Clinical Psychologist
Principal Information Officer
Hong Kong Social Welfare Department
Deputy Director of Social Welfare
Exodus Media Office
I am saddened and alarmed that your department recently held a training seminar with discredited psychiatrist Hong Kwai-wah. Supporting such bizarre and discredited anti-gay therapy has brought great shame, ridicule, and dishonor to Hong Kong and the Social Welfare Department.

Kwai-wah’s brand of “therapy” is rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization in the world. Promoting such intellectual and scientifically bankrupt ideas lacks integrity and harms people by coercing them into living a lie.

It is important you realize that Hong Kwai-wah is part of the discredited American group Exodus International and the Canada-based Exodus Global Alliance. Having lost credibility at home, these organizations are opportunistically seeking to exploit new markets abroad. It is a shame that the Social Welfare Department was duped into embracing these groups and has embarrassed Hong Kong by disseminating their religious propaganda.

Do you realize what an international laughingstock the department, and by extension Hong Kong, has become by supporting a therapist who cures gay people by urging them to take cold showers?

The “ex-gay” therapy championed by Hong Kwai-wah and trumpeted by your department is harmful, abusive, absurd, and unethical. To restore your diminished honor and damaged reputation I strongly urge you to make amends for this serious lapse in judgment.

You should immediately apologize to Hong Kong's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community for spreading malicious misinformation and lies. The department should cut all ties to Hong Kwai-wah and pledge to only use credible, respected therapists in the future.

"Curing" gay people has no place in the work of the Hong Kong Social Welfare Department. End your support of Kwai-wah's discredited practice now.

Sincerely,