5 Stupid Things Designer Stefano Gabbana Has Said About LGBT People

"I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents."

Dolce and Gabbana have a large gay following, which is a little odd considering the homophobic statements Stefano Gabbana has uttered publicly over the years.

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This week, he insisted to Corriere della Sera he didn’t identify as gay, “because I’m simply a man… full stop.”

That’s just the latest word-vomit from the Italian designer. Check out a quick refresher below that may have you sending your D&G to Goodwill.

  1. “Don’t call me gay.”

    Saturday’s interview was actually the second time Gabbana made his “I’m not gay” claim. Back in January, the 55-year-old posted a photo of Melania Trump in a D&G gown on Instagram. When one commenter wrote, “Sad when a gay designer doesn’t care about other groups being repressed,” he blasted back, writing, “Don’t call me gay please!! I’m a man!!! Who I love is my private life!”

  2. Gay couples shouldn’t adopt children or use surrogates.

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    “The only family is the traditional one. No chemical offsprings and rented uterus,” the couturier told Italy’s Panorama magazine in 2015. “The only family is the traditional one.”

    In the piece, Gabbana also called babies born through insemination “synthetic children” created from “semen chosen from a catalog.”

    After public outcry, the pair did an about-turn, launching a line of pocketbooks with same-sex families embroidered on them.

  3. Elton John is a fascist.

    After condemning gay adoptions and surrogacy, Gabbana earned the ire of celebs like Ricky Martin, Courtney Love and Elton John, who posted #BoycottDolceGabbana.

    “How dare you refer to my beautiful children as ’synthetic,’ the Grammy winner wrote. “And shame on you for wagging your judgmental little fingers at IVF—a miracle that has allowed legions of loving people, both straight and gay, to fulfill their dream of having children…. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again.”

    Gabbana lashed out with a series of tweets labeling the singer a “fascist” and calling on people to #BoycottEltonJohn

    Later, he issued a statement insisting, “We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it. We talked about our way of seeing reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people’s choices. We do believe in freedom and love.”

    Then, just hours later, Gabbana spoke out again, labeling Sir Elton’s remarks unenlightened.

    “I didn’t expect this, coming from someone whom I considered, and I stress ’considered,’ an intelligent person like Elton John. I mean, you preach understanding, tolerance and then you attack others? Only because someone has a different opinion? Is this a democratic or enlightened way of thinking?

    We’ve heard Elton John called a lot of things, but ignorant fascist isn’t one of them.

  4. Actually, gay couples shouldn’t raise children, period.

    In 2006, Gabanna revealed he wanted a child, but would only do it through artificial insemination, “because it wouldn’t make sense for me to make love to a woman I don’t love.” He also disclosed he asked a female friend if she was interested in being the mother, insisting she would have to help raise the child.

    “I am opposed to the idea of a child growing up with two gay parents. A child needs a mother and a father,” he said. “I could not imagine my childhood without my mother. I also believe that it is cruel to take a baby away from its mother.”

  5. I don’t need gay rights.

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    LGBT groups “often serve as a defense,” Gabanna once said, “but I don’t want to be protected by anyone, because I’ve done nothing wrong.”

    We guess it’s easy to take that stance when you’ve worth $1.49 billion.

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