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

Proposal to be discussed in November, report says

Kuwait's government will consider tests aimed at "detecting gays" in order to bar them from entering the country. Credit: arabianbusiness.com

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."