Tawadkar embarrassed progressive Goa: AAP

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 14 January 2015 21:40 IST

Aam Aadmi Party’s Goa leader Dr Oscar Rebello feels that Goa youth affairs minister Ramesh Tawadkar has embarrassed progressive state of Goa by making insensitive and narrow-minded statements on ‘curing’ LGBT community.

Though Tawadkar later tried to make up by claiming that he was actually referring to the drug addicts and alcoholics and not the gay community, the AAP refers to the interview Tawadkar has given to New York Times in this regard.

“AAP Goa would like to categorically state that such assertions are against any established medical consensus which clearly states that LGBT sexuality is a natural occurrence and not a lifestyle choice, let alone a disease that can be "cured", said Dr Rebello.

The AAP thus condemned the local BJP government’s plans to start centres and take help of Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev to ‘cure’ the LGBT community.


Dr Rebello has also demanded that the minister immediately apologizes for his remarks and the Goa Government make public the details of the Youth Policy that includes such sick proposals.

“The ministers comments have embarrassed the progressive state of Goa in the eyes of the rest of India and the world, and instead the Goa Government should focus on finding a "cure" to the many other visible ills such as rampant corruption, casinos, environmental degradation etc, and spend their efforts and public resources in hastening the long-awaited action with regard to mining scam, regional plan, Lokayukta etc.”, said the AAP.


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Being involved in the Cancona Building collapse/tragedy and now this unqualified remark about LBGT`s ,there ins no option left than for Mr Tawadkar to be sacked.

Do Goans really need imbeciles and nut cases , to administer them?

- N.Fernandes, London | 15 th January 2015 11:54


I spent well over a decade desperately involved in "ex-gay" therapy and immersed in a fundamentalist Christian world. I was a true believer. At 31, I had a girlfriend...but there I was, taking the elevator to the top of the Empire State Building and once I made it to the top, I planned on jumping. I just didn't see a way out. My truth was abominable to the Church and shameful to my family should they ever find out. I'm exhibit A as to what this type of "therapy" does to one's mind and spirit. I hope Goa lawmakers understands this practice is leaving scars on the souls of humanity and must be stopped before another kid jumps or steps in front of a moving train.

Bryan Christopher (Author, "Hiding from Myself: A Memoir")

- Bryan Christopher, Goa | 14 th January 2015 23:43


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