A government minister in Goa has announced a new initiative that will provide “medical” and “psychological” remedies to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people to “make them normal”.
Ramesh Tawadkar, Goa State Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, said the initiative will be built along the lines of the state’s Alcoholics Anonymous campaigns.
“We will make them normal. We will have a centre for them. Like Alcoholics Anonymous centres, we will have centres…,” Mr. Tawadkar said.
The minister made the comments during a conference celebration India’s National Youth day.
A new government policy campaign called the Goa State Youth Policy 2015 lists “stigmatised” LGBT youth as one of the many “target groups” which require “focused attention” in the state.
Other target groups include juvenile offenders, drug addicts, marginalised or migrant youth and geographically disadvantaged youth.
The minister said a detailed survey would be carried out on Goa’s LGBT community and the new remedies formulated according to the results of the survey.