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No school for gays, tomboys in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia has ordered government schools and universities to ban gays and tomboys, the news website Emirates 24/7 reported, citing the Arabic language daily newspaper Sharq.

The Saudi government’s Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice will enforce the rule, Sharq said.

Gay and tomboy students could return to school if they proved “they have been corrected and have stopped such practices,” the newspaper said.

It said the commission was ordered to work harder to combat the gay “phenomenon, which has been promoted by some websites,” and to oppose “unacceptable behavior” in public places.

Under Saudi law,  homosexual behavior can be punished by whipping, prison sentences and even death.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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