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Kuwait: Gay visitors to be ‘screened’

October 18, 2013

A number of Kuwaiti politicians have defended proposals to ban gay people from the Gulf states, saying Amnesty International should abandon their supporting for the LGBT community as they are “defending delinquents”

A public health director at the Kuwaiti health ministry proposed conducting medical tests in an attempt to “detect” gay and transgender people trying to enter the state earlier this month, a plan described as “outrageous” by Amnesty.

The human rights organisation called on authorities in Kuwait  to “ensure people are not harassed and abused because of who they are” and urged for the repeal of laws that “criminalized acts between consenting adults.”

Now the charity is facing a backlash from a number of Kuwait MPs accusing Amnesty of abusing its position and promoting un-Islamic values.

The Independent

And they’re absolutely right, of course. Tolerance and respect for other human beings have no place in a theocratic society. Let’s be totally clear on that.

But I’d love to see the screening tests: “Judy Garland is… a) a singer b) an actress c) Liza Minelli’s mother d) just fabulous“.

Update: They’re also all squirmy about unisex coffee shops.

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One Comment
  1. I’m not so sure detecting a transgender male-to-female or female-to-male would require substantial detection efforts.

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