Following the recent crackdown on gay people in Africa and Russia's controversial ban on homosexual propaganda, below are some of the most homophobic remarks made by leaders around the world. 

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Italy's former Prime Minister Berlusconi

In an interview with the Atlantic, Berlusconi said: 

"I have nothing against homosexuals, let it be clear. Quite the contrary. I always thought the more gay people around, the less competition."

Speaking at a motorcycle exhibition in Milan in November 2010, Berlusconi said: 

"I work extremely hard and if every now and then I look at the face of a beautiful girl then it's better to be passionate about beautiful girls than gay.'

 

Senator Michele Bachmann
Senator Michele Bachmann

American Senator Michele Bachmann

Senator Bachmann said during an EdWatch National Education Conference in November 2004: 

"If you're involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it's bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement." 

The senator then added:

"We need to have profound compassion for people who are dealing with the very real issue of sexual dysfunction in their life and sexual identity disorders."

 

Gambia's President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh took power in a 1994 bloodless military coup, and has since gained a reputation for eccentricity.REUTERS

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh

Jammeh said in a speech on state television to mark the 49th anniversary of Gambia's independence from Britain: 

"We will fight these vermin called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively." 

Jammeh then added.

"As far as I am concerned, LGBT can only stand for Leprosy, Gonorrhoea, Bacteria and Tuberculosis; all of which are detrimental to human existence." 

Jammeh also said in a public address to the United Nations General Assembly in 2013:

"[Homosexuals] are more deadly than all natural disasters put together"

As reported by Towleroad, in public a statement in 2013, the president said:

"Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen homosexual chicken, or turkey"

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Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni

In a letter to parliament Museveni wrote:

"The question at the core of the debate on homosexuality is what do we do with an abnormal person? Do we kill him/her? Do we imprison him/her? Or we do contain him/her?"

 

Uganda's Reverend and State Minister for Ethics and Integrity in Uganda Simon Lokodo

In an interview with British actor and activist Stephen Fry,  Father Lokodo claimed that heterosexual rape is preferable to homosexual intercourse, because:

"Well, it is men raping girls. Which is natural."

Lokodo also said in an interview with CNN that:

"[Homosexual behaviour] is repugnant to the lives of the people of Uganda."

 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin poses for pictures with Olympic Village Mayor Elena Isinbaeva in SochiReuters

Russia's President Vladimir Putin

During a meeting with young volunteers preparing for the Winter Olympics, Putin defended the ban on gay propaganda law passed in June:

"There is no ban on non-traditional forms of sexual interaction between people. We have a ban on propaganda of homosexuality."

In an interview with foreign journalists, he said of pop icon Elton John:

"Millions of our people sincerely love him despite his orientation."

After he reassured gay visitors to the Sochi Games that they are welcome in Russia, Putin added:

"You can feel calm, relaxed. But leave children alone please."