India Health Minister Denounces Homosexuality as “Unnatural Disease” At AIDS Conference

Indian Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad shocked the world community at an AIDS conference by describing homosexuality as an “unnatural disease” spreading around the world at an alarming rate. In the world’s least surprising revelation, Azad informed the crowd “There is a substantial number of men having sex with men in our country.”

Azad told the crowd that “[t]he issue to worry about is that this disease of men having sex with men has unfortunately arrived in India, too. This is completely unnatural and shouldn’t happen, but is there.” What was even more alarming was his observation that “it’s difficult to track who’s doing it and where.” That sounds like he is more interested in a law enforcement and health response to the “problem.”

In 2009, the Indian courts decriminalized homosexuality.

Source: NYT

29 thoughts on “India Health Minister Denounces Homosexuality as “Unnatural Disease” At AIDS Conference”

  1. I read he explained later he was trying to talk about AIDS, which is spreading at an alarming rate, and is difficult to monitor. There is a fair chance he just mixed up two words. I wouldn’t throw stones just yet.

  2. Ahhh the ole British raj lives on…..seems many of these countries that hated English rule sure like to hold on to the sex rules of good ole Victoria and her 19th century views…..

  3. SwM,

    It’ll be interesting to see which one she liked … each has their plus and minuses.

  4. That’s funny, I was thinking that being the guy who said this is an unnatural disease.

  5. Blouise, It is called a split summer – two different ones. It gives her different experiences. One was at the federal level and this one is at the state level.

  6. SwM,

    That’s wonderful. Is she working two jobs all at the same time or two different times … does that make any sense?

  7. Gyges,

    Was writing and didn’t see your post … Bourbon Barrel Ale out of Kentucky. If you can’t get it, I will put it on my Christmas list to you when I send the Christmas Ale.

    Had some decent local brews in Philly too.

  8. Blouise, Will be leaving for Chicago tomorrow. My daughter unexpectedly came in for a week and it was wonderful to see her as always. She left for her second summer job in Austin today.

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