Vaccines Make Kids Go Gay? Now We’ve Heard it All

An Italian scientist has made the startling claim that vaccinations turn kids gay by interfering with their development.

Gian Paolo Vanoli has drawn international attention for a series of claims he made to the press regarding vaccines and their supposed link to homosexuality. In a recent interview with Vice Italy, Vanoli said (translation courtesy of The Huffington Post):

The vaccine is introduced into the child, the child then grows and tries to find its own personality, and if this is inhibited by mercury or other substances present in the vaccine which enter the brain, the child becomes gay.

Vanoli is a staunch opponent of vaccines and indeed, mainstream medical science.

Above, for instance, he apes the still unsubstantiated but widespread fear that mercury-containing thimerosal preservatives, which are used in some vaccines, can damage child development and, so the errant theory goes, may cause or, we often hear, “trigger” conditions like autism.

Fellow Care2 blogger Kristina Chew has written at length about Andrew Wakefield and his now retracted study around the MMR vaccine’s link to autism and a specific bowel condition.

This has been the emergence point for many vaccine-autism link claims since the 90s when the study was published, but a number of independent studies have found no evidence to suggest any such links. Specifically for this case, they have also failed to find that thimerosal preservative, now no longer widely used in the United States, presents any direct health risk. Still, the controversy rumbles on.

Vanoli offers us the following explanation for his baffling homosexuality-vaccine link:

The problem will especially be present in the next generations, because when gays have children, the children will carry along with them the DNA of their parent’s illness. Because homosexuality is a disease, even though the WHO has decided that it is not. Who cares! The reality is that it is so. Each vaccination produces homosexuality, because it prevents the formation of one’s personality. It is a microform of autism, if you will. You will see how many gays there will be in the next generation, it will be a disaster.

Lest we think Vanoli is anti-gay, in a separate interview with Gay Star News, he says he supports gay marriage and same-sex adoption rights. When pushed on his belief that being gay is a “deviance,” he replies everyone is deviant. He affirms he does not believe in the Roman Catholic Church’s approach to religion, but does believe in a “God of Love.”

More illuminating, though, is a question regarding whether he is paid for espousing these views, in which he clarifies the following:

I’m a naturopata, a scientist who does not believe in the official science.

At least one million Italians believe in what I do believe. In the past I had a company, working in the transport sector, I used to finance my ideas with the revenues.

But official doctors made me close the company, because they were against my ideas.

It almost hurts to add there has never been even a casual link between vaccines and homosexuality in humans. So where is Vanoli getting this from?

Vanoli may have wrongly inferred the homosexuality and mercury link based on the fact that mercury is known to disrupt hormone balance. One study in which scientists observed homosexual paring among American white ibises from south Florida seems an obvious touch point for this, too.

Due to environmental pollutants, the birds were consuming high doses of methylmercury, the most toxic and easily absorbed form of mercury found in the environment. White ibises are not known to form homosexual pairs in the wild and so the study speculated that mercury exposure may be the culprit for the birds’ far reaching breeding problem.

However, this is only a casual link and, much more importantly, the exposure rate and the type of mercury in the ibises case is vastly different form than found in thimerosal. The scientists involved in that study even made it explicit that there is no established link for humans.

To be blunt, Vanoli, who in the Vice Italy interview also espouses the (nonexistent) benefits of drinking one’s own urine in order to cure diseases including cancer, is making a number of quack claims.

What’s more, he has produced a damaging lie which stands to feed into anti-vaccine culture and could create further paranoia and, whether he means to or not, stigmatization of gay and trans people.


Related Reading:

Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, Are Generally Safe

Bill Gates on Wakefield’s Vaccine-Autism Claims: ‘An Absolute Lie’

Wakefield’s Study Linking Vaccines to Autism was ‘Deliberate Fraud’

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Susan V.
Susan V4 years ago

Don't know about the gay link to vaccines. There is clearly an endocrine disruption link to prenatal sex change - but that is associated with pesticides. Even on ppb at a crucial period in prenatal development can affect the sex of a child.

But I do know that Andrew Wakefield's work has been recently vindicates and he filed a lawsuit against BMJ for trashing his work. I believe an investigation is rational and needed.

I don't see how it could hurt anything to remove mercury, formaldehyde, MSG and anything else toxic from vaccines and split them up and be very sure the child's immune system is doing well before giving them -- and closely monitoring afterwards as well as promptly compensating those who do suffer harm.
Not even the CDC denies they can cause brain damage and death. So the question is, do we ignore that fact - or do we push for vaccines that DON'T cause brain damage and death --

or in this case, hormonal changes, if that is the case.

I think the biggest problem is that ANYONE who simply questions the sanctity of vaccines is considered a quack, a crazy or an child hater. We'll never accomplish anything with this mindset.

The "Throw out the baby with the bath water" approach is probably wrong too. Vaccines may be necessary -- but only if they aren't dangerous - to anyone. I know a mother whose story is so heart-breaking that no one could g

Biby C.
Biby C4 years ago

If that is true, then surely the whole world would have turned gay by now!

Dennis D.
Past Member 4 years ago

Jacob R./Steve Thanks for showing why you are a joke and why you have no credibility here.

Dennis D.
Past Member 4 years ago

When reading this whackadoodles paraniod raving from Italy. Did any one else hear the old looney tunes music.. Maybe it was just me...

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

Say it isn't so!

Stelios A.
Stelios A4 years ago

Homosexuality is a de-evolution factor for mankind

Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

thanks for sharing

David King
David K4 years ago

without the typos:

It gets easier and easier all the time to detect a Republican from a distance... Who needs to have GOP-dar when they are so out in the open flaunting their ignorance!!! (they should just keep it to themselves)...

David King
David K4 years ago

It gets easier and easier all the time to detect a Republican from a distance... Who need GOP-dar when they are so out in the open flaunting their ignorance!!!

Connie O.
Connie O4 years ago

This is nonsense. But...if people do believe him, than we will have a bigger problem with diseases spreading because people refuse to be vaccinated.