12 Homophobic Remarks From Indian Leaders That Are Simply Gross

In case you didn’t know, the month of June is also recognised worldwide as the official Pride Month. What’s Pride Month, you ask? In a nutshell, it is the month of celebration, protest, and political activism in the LGBTQ community. And while countries around the world celebrate equality and rainbow flags are to be seen everywhere, India continues to live in the pre-historic times when homosexuality was a criminal act. You may say that India has come a long way, with Pride marches and the occasional token gay character in KJo’s movies, but we’d like to disagree. Still think otherwise? Read these grossly homophobic remarks from Indian leaders garbed under the pretense of “Indian culture” and hang your heads in collective shame.

Also read: 15 Powerful LGBTQ+ Quotes About Love, Equality, And Compassion

1. If only Yoga could cure foot-in-mouth disease.

“Homosexuality is a curable disease like any other congenital defect. Such tendencies can be treated by yoga, Pranayam and other meditation technique” – Baba Ramdev, God Man and Yoga Guru

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2. It is also severely immoral to deny someone’s rights in the name of religion. 

“It’s severely immoral to use religious texts as references with the false facts related to homosexuality. It is unnatural. ”- Yogi Adityanath, Current Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. (Source: YouTube)

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3. To think that this guy was once the Minister of Health for our country!

“Homosexuality is unnatural and not good for India. We are not able to identify where it is happening as it is less reported also.” – Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress Politico and Ex-Minister of Health and Family Welfare. (Source: NDTV)

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4. Yes, homosexuality is propaganda perpetuated by FDI advocates.  

“Legitimizing homosexuality leads to commercial profit since Gay Bars will be opened in all cities on FDI. It is a genetic flaw celebrated.” – Subramanian Swamy, Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader. (Source: The Times of India)

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5. We now know where all that chara went. Straight to his head. 

“Gay sex should not be legalised at any cost. I am dead against legalisation of gay sex.” – Lalu Prasad Yadav, President of RJD and Ex-Chief Minister of Bihar. (Source: The Indian Express)

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6. What else do you expect from the guy who thinks it’s ok to occasionally beat your wife?

“Homosexuals should be killed.” – Zakir Naik, Islamic preacher and televangelist. (Source: India Today)

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7. Sir, the only person in need of psychological intervention is you!

“Homosexuality is not a crime, but a socially immoral act in our society. No need to punish, but to be treated as a psychological case.” – Dattatreya Hosabale , Joint General Secretary, RSS. (Source: Hindustan Times)

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8. Whoever made him the definitive authority on what’s natural and what isn’t? 

“Homosexuality is an unnatural act and cannot be supported” – Rajnath Singh, Minister of Home Affairs and BJP Leader. (Source: First post)

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9. We should make it a mandatory criterion for Health Ministers to have studied medicine. Or at least, to have studied something. 

“There is a need for psychological treatment and counseling of the LGBT community. We would work with NGOs working in the sector.” – Deepak Sawant, Current Maharashtra State Health Minister. (Source: The Indian Express)

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10. Next item on his agenda – import duty on homosexuality.  

“Homosexuality goes against Indian culture and tradition. One cannot allow a foreign culture like this.” – Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Current Union Minister of Minority Affairs. (Source: DNA India)

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11. Who gets to decide if people can have kids or not?

“Surrogacy for gay couples is against our ethos.” – Sushma Swaraj, Current Minister of External Affairs of India. (Source: The Quint)

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12. Because ladies, your husbands might turn gay if they hug other men. 

“Section 377 hasn’t been scrapped yet. And our wives will also give divorce to us. If Rahul Gandhi gets married, then we will hug him.” – Nishikant Dubey, member of the Lok Sabha (Source: Scroll.in)

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Fellow Indians, we have only one thing to say – choose your leaders wisely. They can lead you to a bright sunny future or drag you back to the dark ages. Unfortunately for India, regressive thinking prevails thanks to our leaders.

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