A petition launched on by Truth Wins Out and Dan Choi calling on Hong Kong’s government to drop its support for “ex-gay” quack therapist Hong Kwai-wah has reached 20,104 signatures.

Hong Kong’s Social Welfare Department recently held a workshop for its staff led by Hong Kwai-wah who claims he can “cure” LGBT people by having them take cold showers. The effort to infiltrate Hong Kong’s government and promote anti-gay ideology is spearheaded by Canada-based Exodus Global Alliance and United States-based Exodus International.

“The government of Hong Kong may want our efforts to disappear, but it is clear our momentum is only intensifying,” said Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen. “We thank those who have signed our petition and urge people to pass it along to friends and family members. Every signature helps us draw attention to the dangers of ‘ex-gay’ therapy.”

The spotlight on this situation is growing, with a planned demonstration in front of the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office. The protest will take place in New York and is led by the Gay Asian Pacific Islander Men of New York (GAPIMNY), Queer, Asian, Visible Empowered (Q-WAVE) and the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).  The rally will  include a regimen of prayer and cold showers, by staging a “shower-in.”

Where: Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office; 115 East 54th Street, New York, NY 10022
When: Sunday, August 7th, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

“Truth Wins Out strongly urges its members and supporters in the New York City region to participate in this demonstration,” said John Becker, TWO’s Director of Communications and Development. “We have the power to right this wrong in Hong Kong — but only if we stand up and speak out.”

The American Psychiatric Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association all say that there is no evidence to support the efficacy of so-called “ex-gay” therapy and attempts to change sexual orientation can be psychologically harmful. The Hong Kong organization Rainbow Action got the ball rolling with a protest of the Hong Kong Social Welfare Department and is leading efforts in Hong Kong on this issue.