Kuwait is reportedly developing a test that it says will be able to “detect” homosexuals to prevent their entry into that country and other Gulf nations. It is perfectly bizarre, but Kuwait believes that it is possible to have some type of anti-gay detection system. It is not clear what type of test it would be since, despite stereotypes, leaving a Barbra Streisand album in the middle of a rope snare on the floor of the terminal may not catch all gay men. (Indeed, as a Broadway show fan, I would be the first hanging upside down in the Kuwait airport clutching a copy of Funny Girl). I have long wondered where all of those phrenologists went after the collapse of their “science” in the detection of criminals from head shapes.
The reports indicate that our allies in Kuwait believe some clinical test is possible to spot homosexual travelers. It is not clear how they will determine who would be put through the clinical test. However, the potential penalty is great. Homosexuals can receive up to 10 years in jail if they are under 21. Homosexuality is also illegal in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. However, it is a death penalty offense in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen and Mauritania. Of course, legalized pedophilia in the married of young girls in some of those countries is not only legal but moral. In Kuwait, an eight-year-old girl dies after her “husband” forces her to have sex but the country is trying to find a magic test to find homosexual travelers.