Hong Kong: Critics averse to equality rights are accusing Hong Kong’s premier counseling center for young people struggling with their sexuality of “brainwashing” children because it plans to take part in a pro-gay-rights event next month.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association that has worked with the city’s children since 1936, has from 2007 been helping young people and their parents understand sexuality.

But that service, and the association’s plan to take part in a pro-gay-rights event next month, has come under harsh criticism by conservative groups, reports scmp.com.

“We question why they would show blatant support to sexual minorities rights groups,” Leticia Lee See-yin, a Beijing loyalist and parent-activist from the conservative Justice Alliance group told scmp.com.

“They are [saying] being gay is fine. It’s not fair to brainwash impressionable children,” said Lee.

She also accused the association of not being transparent in their use of government funds because it publishes booklets on same-sex marriage.

Chinese University Professor Carmen Chan also condemned the association for providing “outdated, ungrounded, unsafe and incomplete information” by saying that people are born gay, the report said.

LGBT groups have come under severe criticism since the since a landmark court ruling last year that paved the way for a transgender woman to marry her male partner.

Recently groups took out an anti-gay march organized by Evangelical Christian groups under the slogan “one husband, one wife; one man, one woman; one life, one love.”

Reacting to Lee’s comment, Brian Leung, convenor of rights group the Big Love Alliance, told scmp.com that the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association  is “a reputable, long-standing NGO, who have been caring for the underprivileged and minorities for years” and that the counseling they provide “is one of a kind.”

He accused Lee of “instigating hatred and discrimination” and “playing up fear of the unknown.”

A spokeswoman for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association said the counseling was funded independently of government cash and that it’s support for next month’s Pink Dot event to promote diversity did not involve any money.

Source: scmp.com