A senior Kuwaiti health official has plans to test out the country’s “gaydar.”
Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, told Al Rai that he wants to use a “gay detector test” to keep LGBT expatriates out of Kuwait and other Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC).
“We will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays,” he said in a translation provided by Gulf News.
Visitors already have to pass a health exam before gaining access to
the country. Mindkar wants to add the “gay test” to this routine medical
screening, though it is unclear how exactly he means to measure
If individuals fail the test, their medical reports will be stamped
with an “unfit” and their visas will be disqualified, according to Kuwait Times.
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Visitors flying into Kuwait already have to pass a clinical screening. The ‘gay detector’ test may be added to those exams.
Mindkar also spoke out against allowing “third sex” or transgender people into the country.
Mindkar’s proposal will be presented to a central committee on Nov. 11 in Oman.
The proposal reflects the GCC’s homophobic attitudes toward LGBT
people. Homosexuality is banned in all GCC countries, which include
Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
In Kuwait, anyone under the age of 21 who engages in homosexual acts can be thrown in prison for up to 10 years.
Earlier this month, authorities in Oman suspended the country’s “The
Week” newspaper for printing an article that was sympathetic towards gay
Homosexuality is illegal in 76 nations, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.
Five countries substitute jail time for the death sentence. In Saudi
Arabia, Mauritania, Sudan, Yemen, and Southern Somalia, homosexuality is
punishable by death.