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Homosexuality is a tendency, not permanent: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

14 Nov 2017 | By Gogona Saikia
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar comments on homosexuality

Indian leaders have often made the news for their bizarre comments on homosexuality, but Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is one of the few who have been admired for their support to people regardless of sexuality.

While speaking at a recent JNU event, Ravi Shankar motivated a student to face sexuality-based discrimination.

Ironically, he ended up saying how homosexuality is a "tendency" that's not permanent.

In context: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar comments on homosexuality

14 Nov 2017Homosexuality is a tendency, not permanent: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

QuotesWhat exactly happened at the interaction?

The spiritual leader was at JNU to deliver the 13th Nehru Memorial Lecture. Afterwards, a student asked him how he should handle the treatment he receives due to his orientation.

"You don't think you're sick or something's wrong with you," Ravi Shankar said. "This is your tendency...know that this tendencymay change."

Ravi Shankar added he had seen gay men turning straight and vice versa.

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Ravi Shankar also talked about JNU's "anti-national" tag

Ravi Shankar also commented on JNU's "anti-national" tag. A student asked how they should shed the image created "because of a few students". The leader said: "Some youths have a tendency to rebel. Just because they're talking differently, don't think they're anti-national. Don't brand them."
Here's what all our leaders have said about homosexuality

StatementsHere's what all our leaders have said about homosexuality

Baba Ramdev once invited homosexuals to his ashram so he could "cure them" through yoga.

Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad thinks homosexuality is "unnatural and a disease", and BJP's Rajnath Singh concurs.

BJP's Subramanian Swamy even thinks legalizing homosexuality will lead to commercial profits as "gay bars will be opened in all cities on FDI".

But Congress' Shashi Tharoor has constantly batted for LGBT rights.