A Swiss politician bizarrely believes gay men commit suicide due to weak anal muscles from gay sex.
Now bear with us on this as we try to follow along with his logic.
Daniel Regli from the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) said last week (20 December) gay men stretch out their anal muscles during sex, which makes the muscles weak.
As a result, they have to wear diapers due to incontinence issues. But a lot of gay men are too embarrassed to do this, so they commit suicide.
Speaking to the Zurich City Council, Regli railed against a sex education site, which he accused of promoting sodomy.
His exact words (translated from French) were: ‘We do not find anything about what drives gays to take their life between the ages of 30 and 40 because their anal sphincter does not hold up as it should.
‘It’s because they do not want to walk in a diaper that there are suicides,’ reports 20 Minutes.
Calls for his resignation
As soon as he said it, the hall erupted into laughter and chaos. Mayor Corine Mauch, an out-lesbian, had to call the hall to order.
Members of the Young Socialists party have called on Regli to resign, which he is refusing to do.
Marco Denoth, co-president of the Socialist Party said: ‘I do not want to see him anymore.’
But despite the backlash, he still maintains: ‘I said what nobody wants to hear.’
A Swiss study released this year states gay men are three times as likely to suffer depression compared with the general adult population.
It also stated: ‘There is strong evidence that gay men are more likely than heterosexual men to experience suicidality.’
Issues that underpin this are ‘relationship problems, accepting one’s homosexuality, experiencing homophobia, institutional discrimination, and alienation from gay communities.’
Earlier this year, Switzerland lifted a lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, but they’ll still have to wait a year. The country also delayed marriage equality earlier this year for another two years.