Indian film star insists she’s ‘not homophobic’ after claiming same-sex parents put their children’s ‘human rights’ at risk
Indian film star Nishigandha Wad has claimed she is “not homophobic” after promoting conversion therapy and saying same-sex parents put their children’s “human rights” at risk.
Wad is a popular Marathi film actor who has starred in more than 160 films and TV series, and written nine books.
She said: “I have a different point of view on same-sex marriage. Today’s generation feels, one is not normal if one does not feel likewise – everyone has got a choice. But there’s also a choice of treatment.”
Her anti-LGBT+ comments did not stop, as she claimed that same-sex parents were putting their children’s “human rights” at risk.
She continued: “I feel that a lot of people talk about their human rights and I don’t understand many things, but what I could understand is that if such couples adopt a child – then what about that child’s human rights?”
Businessman Sameer Samudra, who lives with his husband Amit, told Times of India: “The LGBT+ couples and families she spoke of in the interview is me and my family… Comments coming from people like Nishigandha Wad are extremely damaging and it shows that we have a long way to go for acceptance.”
He added: “As LGBT+ individuals, we see and experience homophobia all the time. It does have an impact on our self-esteem, confidence, on our mental health, on our careers, on our place in society, and on our well being in general.
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“In spite of these challenges, LGBT+ individuals are shining and succeeding in all walks of life – which I am damn proud of.
“She should get to know us better, educate herself on this topic, and see life from another person’s perspective and ultimately try to be a good human being.”
But Wad has now claimed that despite her comments, she is “not homophobic”.
She told the publication: “I have not spoken anything against anyone. I humbly said that one is not polarised and there is a spectrum in between.
“However, I was only speaking about the human rights of the kids… I have spoken in Marathi and people have not understood what I meant in the right light.
“I have also said that my daughter does not like my views on this, however, I am not a homophobe, my words are being misconstrued. I work for LGBT+ people.”