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India’s Health Minister: Homosexuality Is A Disease Like HIV

India’s Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad recently used an HIV-prevention conference to say that homosexuality is a Western-imported disease that’s spreading rapidly in India. Oh great. This should do wonders for the country’s gay population. So how is Azad making up for his comment? By denying he said it.

After having his offensive statement thoroughly replayed on Indian televisions everywhere, Azad said that the media had misquoted him and that he actually called HIV a disease. Nevertheless, the clip of his speech clearly uses the Hindi term for “men who have sex with other men” calling it “unnatural.”

India decriminalized their British colonial law against sodomy in 2009, but Azad’s words will make it that much harder to be gay in India. And if quacks start showing up saying that they can “cure” the gay, the country will undoubtedly have a rise of mental illness cases on their hands as well.

On:           Jul 6, 2011
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    • McMike

      Its’ so lame when a government official, or anyone, can’t figure out the definition of ‘natural’. Also, I’d bet the farm, if I had one, this guy is queer as f*ck.

      Jul 6, 2011 at 9:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hf2hvit

      He’s probably the first to ask
      “Does this penis in my ass make me look gay”?

      Jul 6, 2011 at 9:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeffree

      The idea that homosexuality is “imported” from the West never dies, does it? This “Health Minister” must have skipped his biology & history courses, or else he would know that same-sex “behaviour” exists across species & culture, history.

      Maybe the “Gay Prince” could help the Minister come to his senses?

      Jul 6, 2011 at 11:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jason

      Most of India’s ministers and bureaucrats are a bunch of thuggish, badly educated, rapacious, ignorant, buffoonish greedy hucksters who raid the country’s coffers for easy pickings which they then invest in real estate dealings in Dubai, or squirrel away in Swiss or Mauritian banks. The private sector tolerates these thugs by essentially paying them off. I bet this health minister knows nothing about health, nor has he undertaken any meaningful attempts at boosting the health and welfare of the tens of millions of poverty-stricken Indians.

      Jul 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stephen

      i would say that homophobia was imported from the West. Seeing as their sodomy law was imposed by the Brits and a free India chose to get rid of that law all together…

      Jul 6, 2011 at 7:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Adman

      Hey, that’s the guy on my GaySilverGents profile begging me to shave my balls in exchange for the “most scared blowjob ever”. I wonder if his developing world shitbird mentality will wear off first, or will they be so enabled by the first world right wing that they’ll be able to cast us all into permanent darkness first? Stay tuned, people, Queerty is holding it’s breath.

      Jul 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • McGullen

      Another day, another third world country says that gayness is Western, which means that it’s not homegrown, which means that they don’t like foreigners.

      Jul 10, 2011 at 2:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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