A gay man from northern China is suing a mental hospital after his family kept him in the asylum against his will to “cure” his homosexuality, according to a news agency report. The man from Zhumadian in Henan province said he was drugged and beaten during his stay at the hospital, the China News Service reported. He was finally released after a friend reported the case to the police. Chinese gay drama pulled from internet, sparking backlash A district court in the city agreed on Monday to hear the case, according to the article. The man, who was not named, was quoted as saying that his wife discovered that he was gay last year and the couple agreed to end their marriage. But on the day he was due to sign the divorce papers his wife and other members of his family took him by force to a government-run asylum in Zhumadian. He told doctors he had no mental illness and requested to be released immediately. Gay man sues for right to marry in China’s first same-sex marriage lawsuit The hospital, however, diagnosed him as having a “sexual preference disorder”, which needed treatment, the report said. Over the following two weeks he said hospital staff drugged him on a regular basis and he was sometimes beaten for no obvious reason. “The hospital’s forced treatment restricted my freedom and severely tarnished my reputation,” he was quoted as saying. Fearing his wife and family would send him to another mental hospital he now moves from one city to another like a fugitive, the report said. Hong Kong to propose hosting the gay Olympics: ‘the Gay Games needs to come here because we need to improve LGBT rights’ The man learned last month that a gay man had won a lawsuit at a court in the Haidian district of Beijing two years ago against a mental hospital that had attempted to “cure” his homosexuality with electric shock treatment. Encouraged by the Beijing court’s ruling that “homosexuality is not a disease”, the man is seeking a formal apology and compensation from the asylum.