India’s Health Minister: Gays are a Disease from the West
Almost exactly two years after Indian courts issued the groundbreaking decision that decriminalized homosexuality in deeply historical (and homophobic) India, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad remarked that homosexuality is a disease brought by the west.
Interestingly, homosexuality is well documented in religious texts far pre-dating ‘western’ civilization.
India‘s health minister is coming under international fire after declaring that homosexuality is a “disease” brought to the country by foreigners.
Ghulam Nabi Azad made the shocking remarks Monday at a conference on HIV/AIDS, which was attended by a slew of senior government officials, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“Unfortunately, this disease has come to our country too … where a man has sex with another man, which is completely unnatural and should not happen, but does,” Azad said in New Delhi.
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