Plans are being discussed to set up centres to treat and ‘train’ young gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people to be ‘normal’.

Officials in Goa have discussed plans to create centres, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous to treat LGBTs where they will be ‘trained’ and given medicines to make them ‘normal’ state Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Ramesh Tawadkar said in January.

Speaking to reporters at a launch event for Goa State Youth Policy 2015 the Tribune India reports he said, “We will make them normal. We will have a centre for them. Like Alcoholic Anonymous centres, we will have centres…”

When asked what that meant for the LGBTs in the region he replied, “We will train them and (give them) medicines too.” Other target groups include: juvenile offenders, drug-afflicted youth, marginalised or migrant youth, geographically disadvantaged youth. A full survey will be carried out on the LGBT community, so their problems can be specifically addressed.

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