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Kuwait May Use ’Gaydar’ to Ban Gays From Country

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Tuesday Oct 8, 2013
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Harbor in Kuwait
Harbor in Kuwait  

Kuwait health officials announced this week that the country may use technology that apparently can "detect" sexual orientation in order to block gays from entering the country, the International Business Times reports.

Yousouf Mindkar, director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, said that the routine clinical screenings will be given to expatriates coming into the Gulf Cooperate Countries, which will include tests to identify LGBT people. If they identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, they will be banned.

"Health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries," Mindkar said, according to Gulf News. "However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states."

Mindkar did not specifically say how measures will detect homosexuality or how they will technically work.

The GCC is a political and economic union of Arab states, including coutnries Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Emirates, Oman and Bahrain. The GCC has outlawed all homosexual activities, the IBT reports. In Kuwait specifically, homosexual acts are criminalized and those who are under 21 and violate the anti-gay law can be jailed for up to 10 years.

As the Atlantic Wire reports, Minkar’s anti-gay plan will be debated on Nov. 11 when the GCC committee convenes.

"How is this even going to work? Is it purely visual (this is very confusing in certain cases)?" the Atlantic Wire’s Alexander Abad-Santos writes. "Doesn’t Kuwait know that plenty of LGBT people have spent years living in closets and pretending to be people they’re not? Is there a lie detector test? And we wouldn’t want to be the ones to break it to Mindkar that gay people come from the loins of straight people, meaning any attempt to keep your country gay-free is all but impossible."

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2013-10-08 14:53:07

    How disrespectful to all the LGBT people in uniform who defended their country.


  • DerekJA, 2013-10-08 16:17:08

    What the fuk is going on, on this planet??? While some place embrace equality, others are seriously retuning to the dark ages. Frankky, this is scarey. It’s exactly like the mob mentality. One does this shit abd others to eager to follow. .. only worse. It’s time that all civilized countries cut ties with such barbarianism.


  • Anonymous, 2013-10-08 19:48:28

    Fallon Oaks and Scott lively should be banned from the US to live in Kuwait. They think like him.


  • Anonymous, 2013-10-08 23:40:48

    This nuts ee are suppose to be moving in a direction of aceptance and homophx like this start n like what said below, more cowards will gollow rather then stand up with


  • GAG’EM, 2013-10-12 00:03:55

    Oh rats! I was so looking forward to visiting a misogynistic, homophobic theocracy where a small minority of citizens live in opulent luxury while all the work is done by the masses of poor immigrants who have no rights and are treated as virtual slaves. On the other hand, if the Republicans have their way, I may end up living in one.


  • Anonymous, 2013-10-19 22:57:05

    I’m fascinated about this gaydar tech. The only existing technologies I’m aware of are the Grandmother and the Disco Chick but no contractors are offering them in border protection packages.


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