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Nepal’s gay MP: ‘Gandhi’s sexuality doesn’t matter’

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  1. Jock S. Trap 9 Apr 2011, 9:44am

    It makes No difference, it doesn’t change the person.

  2. Welshwonder 9 Apr 2011, 6:12pm

    If Gandhi was gay, what on earth was he doing wearing those horrendous glasses?

  3. dave wainwright 9 Apr 2011, 7:25pm

    It matters to History , it is relevant and pertinent particularly to those who suffer from homophobia and prejudice and discrimination to have a positive role model in much the same way as the sexual orientation if any of Jesus Christ if he existed would be relevant .

    1. I agree. Though on the one hand it can seem prurient, it’s helpful in spreading the idea that to be a great man you don’t have to be exclusively heterosexual.

      1. TheSuburban Bi 11 Apr 2011, 2:50pm

        I agree. Especially in the case of bisexual men, whose existence and contributions get erased by straight and gay alike to the point where people genuinely ask where are the bi men in history and what have they done… Such erasure and ignorance is a bad habit, as with these comments here, that keep referring to whehter or not Gandhi was gay, when the claim was that he was bi. It’s not even securely in the historical record yet and many cannot help but to attempt to erase the bisexuality out of it.

  4. martyn notman 9 Apr 2011, 11:16pm

    It matters cos Gandi himself ordered the destruction of gay and lesbian temple images. The man was not the peaceful icon hes been portrayed as. He had an agenda and was prepared to do almost anything to achieve it.

    1. I’ve heard that mentioned before, but no-one’s clarified what authority Gandhi had to make such an order, or who carried out this destruction.

    2. Right, and there are Hindu priests in India who want people to wrongly think Hindu scripture is against same sex relationships, I guess because of the influences Christianity and Islam have had on the country since images like that were being made. They have these passed down negative feelings and misconceptions about homosexuality now, and aren’t prepared to re-evaluate them, so will try to pretend that their religion (anything other than arbitrary psycho-social processes) justifies them.

  5. If he were alive today and gay… with his looks, he wouldn’t be getting it on with many body builders unless he was willing to pay.

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