Posts tagged ‘New Creation Association’

August 8th, 2011

‘GAY CURE’ Doctor Provokes U.S. Rally – South China Morning Post (August 7, 2011)

by Leo

‘GAY CURE’ Doctor Provokes U.S. rally – SCMP (August 7, 2011)

Chris Ip

HK government invitation to controversial therapist to address social workers angers homosexual groups in New York.

An official invitation by the Hong Kong government to a psychiatrist who says he can teach gay people to give up homosexuality has inspired a protest on the other side of the world.

New York gay and lesbian rights activists will today take to the streets outside the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Manhattan.

Dr Hong Kwai-wah was asked to speak to social workers about giving guidance to young gay people.

He has courted controversy as chairman of the controversial Hong Kong-based New Creation Association. The Christian organisation says on its website that it helps those in the process of “giving up a lifestyle of homosexuality” through counselling.

The controversy has touched a nerve some 13,000 kilometres away because it appears to critics that the government is legitimising conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is the practice of changing someone’s sexual orientation through therapy – based on the assumption that homosexuality is a sickness.

Among the groups due to join in the demonstration were Gay Asian-Pacific Islander Men of New York; Q-Wave: Queer, Asian, Visible, Empowered; and the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission

“It is appalling to us that conversion therapy is being exported to our countries of origin,” Dennis Chin, of the Gay Asian-Pacific Islander group, said. “It’s cultural colonialism, plain and simple.”

In the US, some therapists have tried to “cure” homosexuality, through techniques ranging from cold showers to prayer to participating in “heterosexual” activities like sport.

Hong dismissed such practices as “stupid”. He said the New Creation Association did not force heterosexuality onto homosexuals, but helped them to find other sources of love from friends and family – and only worked with gay people who approached the association for help.

Hong said: “We found that a lot of gay organisations and a lot of counsellors only provide gay-affirmative approaches that encourage people that are discouraged or dissatisfied with their homosexual relationships to continue.”

He believes the main causes of homosexuality include “sexual abuse, gender identity disorder and trauma from heterosexual-love relationships”. He said conversion therapies had seen some success in academic studies.

Conversion therapy has been deemed “unlikely to be successful and involve some risk of harm” by the American Psychological Association. It also said homosexual attractions were “normal and positive variants of human sexuality”. The British Medical Association has called for the banning of such treatments.

Chin said: “Conversion therapy has been discredited by major medical and mental health organisations. It’s pseudo-science and it’s homophobia. We are not suffering from a disease. There is nothing about us that needs a cure.”

There were protests from local gay groups when Hong spoke to social workers in June. The Social Welfare Department said it had also invited gay and lesbian groups to speak. “Multiple perspectives [are] essential for social workers to make professional and independent assessments,” a spokeswoman said.

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This is a report of this protest on Singtao Daily (New York):

《星島日報》報道:香港社會福利署最近資助心理學家康貴華進行“同性戀轉換療法”培訓,被同志團體炮轟視同性戀為病態,要把同志“夾硬拗直”,紐約的兩個男女亞裔同志組紛紛表達反對立場,本週日還會前往駐紐約香港經貿處示威。

紐約亞太裔男同志協會(GAPIMNY)和亞裔女同志協會(QWAVE)兩個組織俱指出,這類“同性戀轉換療法”非中國本土發明,其實是產生於美國和歐洲本來不正確的心理學及反同宗教組織,康貴華及其合夥人硬說同性戀可以靠祈禱、性節制、和冷水洗澡“治療”,但其實是他與著名的美國反同宗教團體Exodus Ministries關係非淺,因此令到海外的同志組織更為不滿。

GAPIMNY發言人錢子丹說:“我們對於右派教會組織把偏見推廣到外國感到非常不安,Exodus Ministries等右派 基督教組織不但在美國對反同行為火上加油,現在竟要香港政府也採納他們的歪理。”國際同志人權協會亞太區域聯絡人Grace Poore稱,美國右派組織在香港栽培了不少高階層政治家和官員以宗教和文化名義散佈恐同言論,而且由美國右派基督教組織資助的反同性戀風潮已經遍及亞洲各地,比如新加坡和南韓,也對當地同性戀社群造成傷害。

GAPIMNY會長曾繁鎔說,他們兩個組織的成員都與亞洲各國有深厚關係,因此將於本週日早11時至12時到香港駐紐約經貿處示威,他並呼籲民眾參與。

July 2nd, 2011

SCMP: Gay Cure Therapy is Voodoo

by tcjmhk

Source: SCMP


July 2nd, 2011

Reggie Ho email to the Department of Health 2006

by tcjmhk

E-mail: mc-dc@dh.gov.hk (dated 2006)
Dear Madam/Sir,
I am the secretarial coordinator and chairman of HORIZONS, a 16-year-old charity specialized in counseling service on sexual orientation issues. This letter serves as a written complaint against an organization New Creation Association (www.newcreationhk.org), which offers what is generally known as conversion therapy aiming to “assist” homosexuals to “change” and become heterosexual.
This kind of therapy began in the US and it has been questioned by authorities such as American Psychological Association and American Psychiatric Association. Many professionals in the field of clinical psychology and psychiatry are worried that such therapy not only shows few proofs in its effectiveness, it may also induce psychological damages to
“patients” by increasing their guilt and self-blame for their sexual orientation, something that they don’t feel they have control over.
Although New Creation claims that their clients turn to them voluntarily, one must look at the circumstances in the context of society’s adverse attitude towards sexual minorities. Under pressure from the mainstream, sexual minorities would naturally be more prone to turning to “therapy” that promises a way out. But there is little evidence that this kind of
therapy works. In fact, there are more proofs that they do not work, but leave clients who have failed to change with tarnished self-esteem.
Many cases in which clients of conversion therapy have been failed by this practice and their testimonies on the harms they have been inflicted are widely quoted on the Internet, including http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conversion_therapy#Scandals. I have personally
cross-checked these cases and they have all checked out.

I have also attached herein a document containing information that we have collected about conversion therapy, as well as an article by the South China Morning Post on May 18 reporting actual cases in Hong Kong of how clients of New Creation came out of the “therapy” worse off than before.
As one of New Creation’s leading practitioners, Dr Hong Kwai Wah, is a registered psychiatrist in Hong Kong and the service being rendered is touted as “therapy”, I believe the Medical Council has the responsibility to investigate what the organization is practicing.
I’d like to request that the Medical Council follow up on this matter, and ensure that no more individuals are falling victims of this unscientific therapy.
Regards,
Reggie Ho
Secretarial Coordinator and Chairman
HORIZONS
www.horizons.org.hk
Tel.: (852) 2815 9268
Mobile: (852) 9867 8283

June 24th, 2011

Hong Kong government learns how to lose face by shooting itself in the foot

by tcjmhk

Source: Fridae

It is not often that the Hong Kong Government allows its prejudices to so get the better of it’s judgment that it does something stupid enough in the field of human rights for even Singapore to point the finger at. On 17 June it became clear that it just had. On that day that vanguard of campaigning liberalism, Singapore’s Straits Times, carried the headline: Hong Kong government hires ‘gay conversion expert’. How smug its staff must have been to be able to report that the Hong Kong government had hired as a trainer for its social welfare staff a prominent local psychiatrist who claimed he could ‘re-wire’ homosexuals! With glee, they characterised this as the world’s first government-sponsored training session on gay conversion therapy.

The news had only just broken in Hong Kong’s own local press. The English language daily The South China Morning Post reported that psychiatrist Hong Kwai-wah had conducted three and a half hours’ training for sixty government social welfare staff on Friday 10 June. Hong, a favourite mouthpiece for fundamentalist homophobes in Hong Kong, denied that his training mentioned ‘conversion therapy’ but had to admit to reporters that he had cited case studies to argue that gays could be treated and turned into heterosexuals.

Local LGBT groups, including Women Coalition of the Hong Kong SAR, Ten Percent Club and Rainbow of Hong Kong picketed the Lady Trench Training Centre in Wan Chai (where the two-and-a-half-hour training had taken place) on 16 June. The reports of this are assembled on the Tongzhi Community Joint Meeting (TCJM)’s website.

The government almost immediately found itself on the back foot, not helped by the ineptness of the junior civil servant the Social Welfare Department thrust in front of reporters to respond: “Multiple perspectives are essential for social workers to make professional and independent assessments of their cases,” the un-named unfortunate said, rather as if it were government practice that every time it dealt with a case of social abuse it should consult a witch finder to advise on the possibility that the victim was under a spell.

If all this was not enough to make Hong Kong’s senior bureaucrats squirm, the news rapidly spread worldwide. Pink News picked it up the same day in the United Kingdom, where it told its presumably bemused readers that psychiatrist Hong Kwai-wah, trainer for the government’s social welfare staff, was chairman of the New Creation Association, a body which says the wishes of gay people who want to become straight should be respected and has a website that says its aims are ‘to help people struggling with homosexuality and diffuse their inner dilemmas, rewire their mental state as well as propagate the belief that “homosexuals can change”. Treatments advocated by this organisation reportedly include cold showers, prayer and abstinence. Pink News reported that it was not known how much Hong was being paid by the tax payer for spreading his message of light.

The 56-year-old doctor, who is described on christianmentalhealth.com as a specialist in “treating unwanted homosexuality”, has defended his therapy saying: ”I did mention about the possibility to change which is an option. We need to respect the client’s choice, whether they want to remain status quo or they want to live a heterosexual life…We should not ban people from therapy if they want to change. We should respect their right.”

The peanuts Hong would have earned talking to a few social workers would, though, no doubt pale into insignificance compared with the sums the Hong Kong Social Welfare Department must be forking out in grants to his NGO’s brother organisation, the Society of Truth and Light (STL), which is the fundamentalist christian NGO that has led the fight against every improvement in LGBT human rights in Hong Kong. He is also a board member of the group. Research has discovered that this homophobic bunch has set up a hotline to ‘counsel’ homosexuals and staffed it with sponsorship from the Social Welfare Department. For those amongst you who can read Chinese, check out their link at: http://www.truth-light.org.hk/homo_hotline.

The Hong Kong government is not an overtly oppressive body. Much of what it does rests on liberal principles and honesty. Many of its members honourably seek to serve the whole public. Yet every now and then, like now, the lid is lifted on the prejudices lurking inside its departments, and out pops some form of ill-informed christianity masquerading as confucianism or as a need to conform to ‘social consensus’.

More worrying still is the way that fundamentalist Christian believers within civil service ranks seek to use their positions to further their ‘ethical’ aims. Teachers and educators circulate homophobic booklets in schools or use the parents of their pupils to petition government against LGBT rights. They hang anti-LGBT banners on their external school walls. They issue grants to the fundamentalist NGOs whose beliefs they favour. They stonewall change.

The Hong Kong government has a good deal of form here. Back in 2005, its Education Bureau quietly appointed the STL to teach human rights to secondary school teachers. On that occasion, activist Roddy Shaw led a finally successful campaign that so embarrassed the government that it did not renew the teaching contract at the end of the year. What became evident, horrifyingly, during the campaign, was that the responses made to the media by civil servants and representatives of the STL were almost word for word the same, a coincidence unlikely to have occurred without collusion. The Education Bureau, its fingers badly burned by open association with fundamentalist NGOs, has avoided any overt links ever since.

Not so the civil servants of the Social Welfare Department, who have embarked upon the same quest for international loss of face as their colleagues in the Education Bureau had done six years ago. And it will be loss of face. For there is no doubt that the more sane members of the Hong Kong government will be forced to pull back from the foolishness inflicted by their subordinates. One thing the Hong Kong government cannot stand is loss of face, and it is face that it is in the process of losing in a big way. The news of this foolishness has now gone viral. In Hong Kong, activists have started a petition which is has already garnered almost 1,000 signatures to date.

The US campaign Truth Wins Out, with its poster boy Lieutenant Dan Choi, who was recently in Moscow being arrested at their Pride Parade, has lent a hand with another petition.

Buoyed by this international support, Hong Kong activists are mobilising to take the campaign further. Exactly what is planned is becoming clearer, and is likely to involve pressure upon medical, psychiatric, psychological, social welfare and educational professional bodies to at last make firm statements distancing themselves from the snake oil peddled by the reparativists. They have so far been either too cowardly or too conservative to take a stand, but they are unlikely to be able to avoid doing so for much longer. Much the same applies to government departments, whose cries of allowing a ‘balance’ of views and permitting ‘freedom of speech’ have so far managed to privilege the teaching of faith-based untruth over scientific fact. The government of ‘Asia’s World City’ as it likes to call itself will be brought to face the fact that its functionaries are propagating mumbo jumbo worthy of darkest Africa.

One clear objective will be to prevent any more tax payers’ dollars being spent on such nonsense. The irony is that businesses with the most liberal and all-encompassing diversity policies are paying corporation tax to fund fundamentalists campaigning against the rights of their own LGBT employees. Here at least is a clear and present target that everyone in Hong Kong will understand.

So, this incident has been a nonsense and a horrifying one, but one that will have effects unintended by its perpetrators, effects that this correspondent for one is confident will ultimately benefit the rights of the LGBT community in Hong Kong. Time, it would seem, for the community to gird its loins to take advantage of the opportunity with which the idiots in government have presented it.

June 24th, 2011

NCA rebuked for homosexual exorcism claim

by tcjmhk

蘋果日報

日期: 2006-12-02

稱驅魔可醫同性戀協會捱轟 18團體促民政局逐協會出論壇

【本報訊】同性戀是「邪靈附體」?「由攣變直」要靠驅魔人?曾發出上述怪論、聲稱專門協助同性戀者改變性傾向的「新造的人協會」,今年二月加入民政事務局的「少數性傾向論壇」,受到論壇內近18個關注同志權益組織不滿,昨在論壇召開會議時,要求民政局「叮走」這個歧視同志的機構。記者:雷子樂

香港女同盟會、彩虹行動、香港十分一會等多個組織,昨在開會前夕發動遊行,抗議民政局准許「新造的人協會」加入。論壇昨召開第六次會議,該協會的加入遭到其餘18個團體炮轟。彩虹行動代表楊煒煒首先開火。她將一個自製的同志嘔吐袋送給主持會議的民政事務局副秘書長唐智強,再力數該協會歧視同志的罪證。

與明光社有密切聯繫

楊煒煒指出,該會曾表示可透過嘔吐「醫治」同性戀者,又揚言同性戀是邪靈附體,要出動驅魔人,並與一直反對同性戀的明光社「過往甚密」。接力炮轟的女同志團體代表質疑,若「新造的人協會」的工作也算為少數性傾向人士提供服務,因而有資格加入論壇,「咁賣白粉、丸仔畀年輕人嘅拆家咪可以申請加入青年論壇?」各團體曾在會上向唐智強提交聯署聲明,要求政府將協會「趕出」論壇。慘被圍攻的協會主席康貴華在會上解釋,自己作為精神科醫生,曾為不少想改變自己性傾向的同性戀者提供輔導。「坊間好多機構都係鼓勵佢哋去接納呢個性傾向,當佢哋想改變時,我哋可以提供協助」。他指協會在03年成立以來,成立了由「過來人」組成的自助小組,為想由同性戀變回異性戀的人士提供協助。

每三個月開一次會議

性權會主席邵國華表示,新造的人協會有歧視同志之嫌,不宜加入論壇。他表示論壇約每三個月召開一次會議,希望在下次開會時,民政局能作出決定。民政事務局發言人表示,論壇上次在2月舉行會議時,已批准了新造的人協會加入論壇,之後有其他成員對此有意見,於是在昨日的會議上進行討論和交流。