Billboards PROTESTING “Gay Conversion” Therapy in CHINA

To protest gay “conversion therapy” in China, an artist and a police officer are sending trucks emblazoned with bright red signage through major cities across the country, reports TIME.

They say their unusually confrontational approach was inspired by the 2017 film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Agence France-Presse reports. The film is based on a real-life story of a Texas family that rented highway billboards to draw attention to an unsolved rape and murder.

Three Billboards was about raising and questioning unresolved issues. We wanted to also use this format to raise doubts [regarding conversion therapy],” Wu Qiong, the artist, told AFP.

Homosexuality was officially decriminalized in China in 1997, and cleared from the list of “mental illnesses” in 2001. But the LGBTQ community still faces widespread discrimination, and medical guidelines include ambiguous terms like “sexual orientation disorders,” according to AFP.