Homosexuality unnatural; transgenders must be given counselling to accept their cisgender: KM Shaji

KM Shaji | Mathrubhumi

Kozhikode: Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader and former MLA KM Shaji has come up with an explanation for his controversial comment on LGBTQIA+.

In a lengthy comment posted on Facebook, he said the sexual preferences of lesbians, gays and bisexuals are unnatural and the ‘+’ includes pedophiles, incestophiles, necrophiles and zoophiles.

Shaji on Saturday sparked a controversy by calling the LGBTQIA+ community a "shame" and the "vilest kind of people."

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"The word LGBTQ sounds like something worthwhile, but those are uncouth local activities. They are the most awful humans. They are projecting it as colourful, but the term itself is dangerous, it creates anarchy in society. Deciding one's gender after growing up is just silly," he said.

He also said that the Kerala government was intervening in faith and social establishments by supporting such ideologies.

"Males and females are the beauty of nature. India stands out in the world because of the charm of this diversity of colours. This difference is beauty. Humans are not the only living thing in the world that has gender. There are male and female plants," he said.

In an explanation posted on his Facebook page on Sunday, he said he opposes sexual preferences that are "unnatural" and vouches for bringing transgenders into mainstream society by providing them with the tools to overcome their "thoughts" that they possess hormones of a different gender than their cisgender. Sexual reassignment surgery based on their "thoughts" would have an "unrecoverable impact" on both their mental and physical wellbeing, he said.

The Kerala government is trying to destroy heteronormative society and establish a liberal society, he alleged. He was referring to the speeches of higher education minister R Bindu and the campaigns taken up by the Students Federation of India on campuses in the state.

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