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Gay comment: Goa CM raps ‘ignorant’ minister

An avalanche of criticism in India and in the global media has forced the Goa government to deny any plans to “cure” LGBT youth, minister Ramesh Tawadkar on Tuesday claimed he was misquoted on the issue.

CM Laxmikant Parsekar, in a bid to douse the controversy sparked by Tawadkar’s claim that Goa will set up centres to train and medicate youth with alternative sexuality, also said alternative sexual orientation was a “natural thing”, rapping his cabinet colleague for “ignorance”. Earlier through the day, the social media, civil society, national and international media as well as the opposition castigated Tawadkar.

Comments with hashtag #ClinicBharo were dedicated to his statement by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community on Twitter and took several digs at the Goa minister. While speaking to the media on the sidelines of a function held to launch the Goa State Youth Policy 2015 on Monday, said the Goa government was contemplating to start centres on the lines of Alcoholics Anonymous to make the LGBT youth “normal”.
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