Italian MP Massimo Polledri, Lega Nord, says that 'homosexuals have to go to the psychologist to feel better'
‘A gay son? It would be worse than my daughter wanting to be a nun or to marry someone from Morocco.’
That’s the comment from Italian MP Massimo Polledri, of Lega Nord Party, who also said that a gay son ‘would be the worst thing it could happen to me.’
Interviewed by the radio programme La Zanzara, on Radio 24 on Monday (4 June), the Italian politician, also a psychiatrist, added that ‘homosexuals are not happy. They go to psychologist and that’s the only way to feel better.’
The Lega Nord Party, which has lost a lot of mayors and local councillors in the last Italian elections, was a member of the last coalition government led by Silvio Berlusconi.
But other politicians have criticised his remarks.
Emilia Romagna regional MP and gay activist Franco Grillini commented: ‘A psychiatrist should know that the real problems for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens come from homophobia.’
And Monica Cerruti of the Sinistra, Ecologia e LibertÃ Party said: ‘Polledri’s words are dangerous. The new Lega Nord, after the fall of Berlusconi’s government, has not changed. It is always the same.’
Italian MP and gay activist Anna Paola Concia commented: ‘We still live in the Stone Age and Polledri’s words prove that.’
Polledri’s statements have also been condemned by Arcigay, Italy’s main LGBT association.