Kuwait police raid 'gay' party, arrest 32

Landscape from kuwait city
Landscape from Kuwait City (Photo credit: Khalid Almasoud)

Kuwait police have arrested 32 people after they raided a livestock farm to  bust an alleged “gay” party, Gay Asia News reported.
Vice police detectives raided a jakhour, or livestock farm, where same-sex parties for both genders were being organized, a security source told the Kuwait Times.
The source confirmed that 32 men and women were arrested from the farm in the northwestern town of Kabd. Liquor and women’s clothing were also confiscated by the police officials.
The Arab Times said those arrested included “drunken persons, cross-dressers and tomboys.”  That article said that “foreigners caught in the raid will be deported and legal action will be taken against others, as per directives from the Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Affairs Major General Abdulhamid Al-Awadhi.”
Same-sex relations between men in Kuwait are punishable by imprisonment of up to seven years, according to the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).  This punishment is less severe that in Saudi Arabia, which shares a border with Kuwait, where same-sex relations are punishable by death by stoning.
Kuwaiti law regarding lesbian activity is unclear, ILGA says.
Kuwait also has strict laws concerning cross-dressing.   Its National Assembly in 2007 voted to amend the country’s penal code to make anyone “imitating the opposite sex in any way” liable to face one year in prison and a fine of 1,000 Kuwaiti dinar (US $3,555).

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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 Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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