Kuwait -- the small, oil-rich Persian Gulf nation that the United States went to war for in 1990 -- announced today that it plans to conduct medical tests of all people seeking to enter the country, for the purpose of weeding out LGBTs and preventing them from getting in.
The International Business Times reports:
Yousouf Mindkar, director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, said that the routine clinical screening of expatriates coming into the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) will include tests to identify LGBT people who will then be banned from entering the country.
"Health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Countries]," he told local daily Al Rai. "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."
Unsurprisingly, Mindkar apparently did not offer specifics as to how the supposed "gay tests" will work. Will they be a questionnaire about musical theatre or opera history? A visual test for the presence of a swish in someone's step? Or something more, ummmm, invasive?
PinkNews reports that Article 193 of Kuwait's penal code punishes homosexuality between men over the age of 21 with up to seven years imprisonment; if one or more parties are under 21, the penalty increases to a maximum of ten years.