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Lesbians Escape From Ecuador's "Ex-Gay" Torture Centers

10:46 am - 11/07/2011
By Diane Anderson-Minshall


While LGBT folks in the U.S. deal with religious institutions that encourage so-called reparative therapy, antigay advocates in Latin America are taking that quest to a much darker level. For the past decade, lesbians in Ecuador have been forced into what they call torture camps aimed at making them straight.

When Paola Ziritti was 24, her parents sent her to a "forced confinement" clinic in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, where - unbeknownst to her parents - she experienced "battering, sexual abuse, deprivation of all kinds, and constant [ridicule]," according to Anne Vigna in the French magazine Tetu.

It took over a year for Ziritti’s mother to free her from the torture, and another six months of "real psychological treatment ... to try to recover from his ‘cure against homosexuality,’" said Ziritti, who was the first woman to agree to file a complaint against these treatments. Her testimony was crucial in helping to close the clinic that tortured and humiliated her and others like it, said Tatiana Velasquez, from the lesbian organization Taller de Comunicación Mujer. Activists got the government to close 27 of these "treatment centers" in August, but there are still 207 clinics of this type, said Velasquez. "For 10 years we have been aware of 30 cases of lesbians," she said. Those are just the escapees, the un-reformed, so to speak.

In September two lesbians who escaped from two different clinics filed complaints. The international feminist organization CLADEM urged Ecuadorian officials to instigate a serious investigation into these illegal and degrading practices and the closure of these centers.

These clinics have also imprisoned gay, bisexual, transgender, and cross-dressing people, to a lesser extent than lesbians, probably because they get to leave the family earlier than girls, said Velasquez. The girls have all told the same thing: They are threatened with rape or raped, handcuffed, starved and forced to dress like prostitutes.

Now human rights activists and Ecuadorian officials seem to be paying closer attention to the issue.

Read more at Tetu. Or watch this Spanish-language video which details some of the supposed "ex-lesbian" rehabilitation.


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snitchster 7th-Nov-2011 08:42 pm (UTC)
SICK
redstar826 7th-Nov-2011 08:53 pm (UTC)
omg, those poor women :( I can't even imagine what they have been through.
iolarah 7th-Nov-2011 08:56 pm (UTC)
Nothing anyone can say will make sense of this, no matter how logical it might sound.
kylenne 7th-Nov-2011 09:04 pm (UTC)
I just got an email from Change.org about this story this morning. They have a petition up here.
cecilia_weasley 8th-Nov-2011 05:21 am (UTC)
Thank you, signed.
daladoir 7th-Nov-2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Just... words can't even describe how appalling and revolting this is.
ceruleanst 7th-Nov-2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
While LGBT folks in the U.S. deal with religious institutions that encourage so-called reparative therapy, antigay advocates in Latin America are taking that quest to a much darker level.

Implying that we don't have torture camps of this nature in the U.S.
Incorrect. A legal adult that goes to them willingly might be offered "reparative therapy" but minors get sent to places like this. (e.g. the Mormon Gulag)

The difference seems to be that in Ecuador women don't have the rights of an adult at age 24, which I would call a problem on its own.
oaktree89 7th-Nov-2011 11:08 pm (UTC)
Oh my god.
johnjie 8th-Nov-2011 12:02 am (UTC)
SICK SICK SICK SICK SICK.

How could you ever think this is a logical or beneficial thing for another human being?
alryssa 8th-Nov-2011 07:31 am (UTC)
This is gross beyond belief.
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