Italian scientist and journalist Gian Paolo Vanoli is making the headlines in Italy after claiming vaccines make you gay or lesbian.
Interviewed by Vice.com, Vanoli said: ‘When a vaccine is injected into a child, it is a sort of poison and makes the child gay.
‘This is a problem we’ll notice in the next generations, because now gay people want children and these children will inherit their parents’ DNA.
‘Homosexuality is a disease. I know that the World Health Organization does not think so, but I don’t care.
‘Every vaccine produces homosexuality, because it blocks our personality. It’s a sort of autism. In the future there will be too many gays and lesbians. It will be a disaster.’
Vanoli – who also claims that drinking urine is ‘the perfect cure’ – is an Italian 'naturopata', a scientist who denies the principles of the mainstream scientific research, and is a supporter of Beppe Grillo’s Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S).
Grillo’s movement was one of the winners of Italy’s last elections (24 and 25 February) and was supported by the 20% of the Italian voters.
However, a network of M5S’s local councillors highlighted that ‘Vanoli’s remarks are his own remarks. Movimento 5 Stelle thinks that his thoughts are really offensive and he has no official role in our party.’