KUWAIT – A medical test to screen gay expats?


The Director of Public Health at the Kuwait health ministry, Yousuf Mindkar, would like to ask expats flying into Kuwait’s International Airport to undergo a test that would figure out their sexual orientation.

“Health centers conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC 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,” he added, quoted by a local daily Al Rai. Noone knows though what this gay-detector procedure will be.

Homosexual acts are banned in the country, and the prison term for them can be up to 10 years if the people involved were under the age of 21. The situation doesn’t differ much in other Arab states in the region: Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.