Kuwait: Government to consider screening tests to block gays from entering country

Proposal to be discussed in November, report says

A Gulf News report says Kuwait will look into a proposal to use tests, already employed to screen expatriates entering Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, to identify gay people in a bid to bar them from entry.

According to a health ministry official, a committee will meet in November to discuss the proposal aimed at adopting more stringent protocols to “detect gays,” who will be prevented from entering Kuwait and the five other GCC countries (Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia).

The report notes that Kuwait’s censors blocked the screening of an Egyptian film in 2010 because it featured a lesbian storyline among other taboo themes.

Gulf News also notes that in 2011, Bahraini authorities arrested more than 100 people from other Gulf states, the majority of whom were reportedly gay, for holding a party that was described as “depraved and decadent.”

Natasha Barsotti is originally from Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean. She had high aspirations of representing her country in Olympic Games sprint events, but after a while the firing of the starting gun proved too much for her nerves. So she went off to university instead. Her first professional love has always been journalism. After pursuing a Master of Journalism at UBC , she began freelancing at Xtra West — now Xtra Vancouver — in 2006, becoming a full-time reporter there in 2008.

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