Czech President Zeman says he finds transgender people ‘disgusting’

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Czech President Miloš Zeman said he would be in favor of a big heterosexual demonstration attended by millions of people. In an interview on CNN Prima News, he also spoke of finding transgender people disgusting.

“I can understand gays, lesbians, and so on. But do you know who I don’t understand at all? These transgender people,” Zeman said.

According to the president, anyone who gets his gender changed through an operation commits self-harm.

“Every operation is a risk. And I find these transgender people truly disgusting,” Zeman said.

He commented on the topic in connection with the Hungarian law concerning same-sex people that has been criticized by a number of EU countries, but which has seen support from some Central and Eastern European governments. 

Last week, the leaders of Western European countries urged Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to repeal the controversial passages of the law, which, according to them, violate European values. According to Zeman, the Hungarian prime minister is only fighting against the manipulation of parents and children in sex education.

“And I see no reason not to agree with him,” added the Czech president, noting that European states should not get involved in the affairs of Hungary.

Zeman also said he was annoyed by suffragettes, the #MeToo movement, and the annual Prague Pride organized by gays and lesbians.

“If I were a little younger, I would organize a big demonstration of heterosexuals in Prague. And there would be millions of us. And I would arrange buses and trains to Prague for all heterosexuals so that everyone can see how meaningless it is,” said the president when commenting on Prague Pride.

Zeman stressed that sexual orientation is a personal matter.

“If someone is a member of one or another sexual minority, it is their personal business. When the person demonstrates that he has this orientation, he looks down on the others,” explained Zeman, noting how meaningless it is for a sexual minority to demonstrate.

Title image: Czech President Miloš Zeman during the interview (Jiří Ovčáček, spokesperson of President Miloš Zeman / Twitter)

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