Does the Gulf fear a gay invasion? Kuwait to probe incoming expats with "gaydar" test

Published October 10th, 2013 - 06:41 GMT
Kuwait is among many Middle Eastern countries that support legal banning of gays. []
Kuwait is among many Middle Eastern countries that support legal banning of gays. []

On November 11, a central committee in Kuwait will view a proposal regarding the clinical screenings of expats at the border. The intention is to develop a screening or testing for homosexuality.

“Health centers conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries,” Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti Health Ministry said.

With that in mind, the airport intends to take a more strict approach.  While there has been no word about what measures will be used to detects anyone gay coming through the Kuwaiti airport, it is clear that this aspect of personal assessment will be added to the already existing health exam that must be taken before entering the country.

If an individual fails the homo-probe, their medical reports will be labeled as “unfit” and they will be disqualified in their visas as reported by Kuwait Times.

Homosexuality and the LGBT community is banned in all GCC countries. This includes the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait.  In Kuwait, anyone under the age of 21 who is caught in the acts of homosexuality can be sentenced to prison for up to 10 years. Other countries such as Iran, Saudi, Sudan and Yemen have given the death penalty as punishment for gay behavior.

Even media is controlled. Earlier this month, a newspaper in Oman was suspended from print after posting a report that was openly sympathetic to the gay community.  More news is expected after the November meeting which will officially move this issue towards action.

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