On 7 October 2011 Le Journal des Arts , a Paris art publication, reported that the restoration posed more danger to the painting than was previously expected.  In late December 2011 and early January 2012 reports emerged that Ségolène Bergeon Langle, the former director of conservation for the Louvre and France’s national museums, and Jean-Pierre Cuzin, the former director of paintings at the Louvre, both of the advisory committee supervising the painting’s restoration, had resigned  over a painting cleaning controversy, with critics claiming that the painting has been damaged by being cleaned so it became brighter than the artist ever intended.  Other experts spoke out in favour of the cleaning treatment. 
can’t say whether he was gay. But someone rightly analysed the painting and said the correct one to you based on his research. It is really the feminine model of Da Vinci. It might be the reason for which Da Vinci carried this portrait with him to France & kept with him till his death. There are four words embedded in this painting; two on the embroidery line on the upper chest area and one each on the arms. The words are,god,cod,MR & Vinci. Cod literally means ‘a foolish person’. The painter of this painting appears to have commented ‘ god a foolish person Mr Vinci’. Find out yourself. Download an original image in full resolution, zoom it sufficiently and trace out the words in the indicated areas. I think you can find out your answer. We believe in evidences; not on historical narrations.