Turkish doctor in Germany dismissed after his tweets on homosexuality

A Turkish doctor, who works as a heart surgeon in Germany's Karlsruhe, was dismissed on Tuesday after he had described homosexuality as a disease, Birgün newspaper reported.

Metin Çakır, who works at the Karlsruhe Helios Clinic, tweeted on Monday afternoon that homosexuality and transsexuality were diseases, which prompted an outpouring of anger.

He was dismissed after the clinic received numerous complaints on the matter, Birgün said.

"The statements in question are in no way consistent with the principles of action at Helios," the company headquarters had previously posted on Twitter. It said it also reserved the right to take legal action against Çakır.

Ali Erbaş, president of Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) also targeted the LGBT community while addressing the COVID-19 coronavirus during a sermon on Friday.

“Homosexuality brings with it illnesses and decay to lineage. Let’s work together to protect people from such evil,” Erbaş said during the sermon on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan.