Kuwait Hatching Plan to “Detect Gays,” Bar Them From Entering Country

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Oct. 7 2013 8:58 PM

Kuwait Hatching Plan to “Detect Gays,” Bar Them From Entering Country

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Kuwaiti health officials are looking at the possibility of enacting “stricter” clinical screening of foreigners trying to enter the country that will help them “detect gays.”

Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti Health Ministry, explained the country’s new gaydar proposal this way: "Health centers conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the [Gulf Cooperation Council] countries. 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."

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Homosexuality is outlawed in Kuwait, along with fellow GCC member countries–Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates–and taking part in homosexual acts in Kuwait can land you in jail for up to 10 years, according to the Daily Mail. The proposal on clinical screening of expatriates entering the GCC is scheduled to be evaluated by a central committee next month, Gulf News reports.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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