Date
24 September 2017
(Left) Leaflet posted on Facebook by a group of parents opposed to BGCA's counseling program for homosexual teenagers. (Right) BGCA's headquarters. 
Photos: Facebook, wikipedia
(Left) Leaflet posted on Facebook by a group of parents opposed to BGCA's counseling program for homosexual teenagers. (Right) BGCA's headquarters. Photos: Facebook, wikipedia

Counseling program for gay teens draws controversy

The Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong (BCGA) has been at the center of a controversy recently after it launched a counseling program for homosexual teenagers, Ming Pao Daily News reported Thursday.

A group of parents who are against the counseling program said they will host a forum for people to air their concerns and frustrations over BCGA’s move. A spokesperson for the group did not elaborate why they are opposing the BCGA program, the report said.

Meanwhile, Kau Yan School — an institution that the group had contacted — is said to have refused to lend their premises for the parents to host the forum.

The BCGA said the program is only to merely offer emotional support for homosexual teenagers and their parents, and that there are no moral judgments on whether being homosexual is right or wrong.

Professor Dora Choi from the Department of Educational and Administration Policy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong said parents need not worry that counseling organizations would influence the sexual proclivities of the youth.

Choi called on parents and teachers not to over-react to the issue, reminding them that it’s very difficult to alter a person’s sexual orientation.

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