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Oct 14 2013

Muslim Countries to Use Medical Gaydar

Here’s an appalling bit of news from the Middle East. A group of Arabic countries are proposing to use some sort of undefined medical test to identify and screen out gay people looking to move to those countries. Gotta keep The Gay out, you know.

Kuwait and other states could conduct medical tests in an attempt to “detect” homosexuals trying to enter Gulf states, a senior official has announced.

Yousouf Mindkar said routine clinical screenings of expatriates entering Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) such as Kuwait would be introduced under new proposals. Persons who are identified as LGBT through the tests would then be refused entry into the country.

A central committee tasked with the status of expatriates will view the proposal on November 11.

Speaking to local daily paper Al Rai, the director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry said that whilst medical centres already conduct tests to assess the health of those entering Kuwait, they 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.”

This could well work in the favor of gay people, I suppose. I can’t imagine why any gay person would want to live in those countries, though I imagine some are forced to go there for work sometimes.

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  1. 1
    doublereed

    Sounds like an excuse for border patrol to harass and sexually assault people, honestly.

  2. 2
    barry21

    They’re going to need some cutting-edge bullshit to pull this one off.

  3. 3
    badgersdaughter

    All joking aside, this is not an insignificant problem for people who, like me, work in the energy industry and must travel for work. Although I would just as soon never darken the doors of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or Qatar again, if work needs me to go train staff there next week, I must go. And if they suddenly decide that a woman is unqualified to teach male engineers next month, I become unqualified to do some portion of my job. This is not idle speculation. I have an ambiguous-gender first name, and when the Middle Eastern students walk into class, sometimes the expressions on their faces are priceless.

  4. 4
    barry21

    While Israel has many political and moral shortcomings, since I’ve moved here, I’ve been really impressed by gay rights. The Supreme Court has protected all consensual sex since 1963. I live right on one of several Tel Aviv blocks closed off each June to accommodate the 100,000 +/- Pride attendees.

    I believe it’s the only Pride in Asia, and there are only 4 on our neighboring continent of Africa.

    Gays have served openly in the Israeli military since 1993, the same year Clinton imposed DADT on the US military.

    This country has more than its share of human rights problems, some of them quite grave, but I’m glad it’s a gay rights oasis in an otherwise inhospitable part of the world.

  5. 5
    eric

    @1 – yep. Or its a excuse to accept bribes, or deny entry for political or arbitrary reasons.

  6. 6
    janiceintoronto

    barry21 @ 2

    They aren’t going to need any kind of justification or methods. They will do whatever the hell they want to do. They DO NOT CARE what the rest of the world thinks as long as they have their Muslim and Christian brothers egging them on.

    Those turned back at the border will have no recourse. None.

    We’re llving in hell, if you hadn’t noticed by now.

  7. 7
    Ramel

    There’s been a misunderstanding in the reporting, but the truth is actually worse. They’re actually talking about mandatory gender testing for immigrants to stop trans* people from moving there.

    From Tawfiq Khojah, director-general of the Executive Office at the GCC Health Council

    The health checklist for migrant workers now contains a mandatory examination to determine gender. Undergoing the test will become mandatory for an estimated 289 health centers across the GCC if the Health Council approves the proposal of tighter controls on gender tests for migrant workers. More than 2 million expatriate workers underwent the new gender tests in 2012

  8. 8
    zippythepinhead

    Medical science has progressed so much. It is now known that homosexuality is caused by foul humours which can be drawn out of the body through the use of leeches.

  9. 9
    CaitieCat, in no way a robot nosireebot

    The mind boggles.

    And then the mind says, “Okay, well, one more good reason to stay the entire fuck away from the entire fucking region.” The Wahhabi strain is a really nasty, nasty version of Islam, and seems to attract some very nasty people as a result, rather like the talibangelical strain of Christians in the US, who lack only the political power – so far – to enforce what I’m sure would be basically the same laws…

  10. 10
    theschwa

    It makes total sense wanting to keep teh homogays out. Everyone knows The Gays cannot control their urges. Obviously, the people with the urge problems should not be required to keep them in check. Therefore, men will have to start wearing burkas, and no one wants that!

  11. 11
    gshelley

    well, when dowsing for water, a person holds two sticks, which either cross or uncross, depending on the individual
    I can’t imagine what they might use to dowse for gayness

  12. 12
    timgueguen

    Given the obsession many homophobes have with anal sex I suspect their testing will include some examination of the rectum.

  13. 13
    eric

    @7 – that’s nasty, but I don’t think it changes the basic situation. A typical customs official isn’t going to have the capability to conduct clinical tests. Any “entrance test” for trans is very likely going to be just as superficial and bogus as a test for gayness. As such, its likely just a cover for corruption and sexual abuse. It gives the customs official a free hand to exclude anyone they feel like excluding, insist on bribes or other quid pro quo, etc.

  14. 14
    exdrone

    Sounds like a job for the ADE-651 Magic Wand now that the market for IED detectors has dried up.

  15. 15
    Reginald Selkirk

    They need a reliable medical test for gayness. Spanish priest Andreas Garci­a Torres suggests measuring anus dilation.

  16. 16
    Ramel

    @Eric 13

    The tests are for immigrants applying residence visas and work permits, a medical exam has been part of the process for many years. I had to go through one when I took a job in Dubai in 2005, mostly seemed to be looking for infectious diseases and included an HIV test.

  17. 17
    Teve Tory

    You look down and you see a tortoise, Leon, it’s crawling toward you…

  18. 18
    Synfandel

    You don’t need a medical test to know when you’ve got a gay.

  19. 19
    felidae

    The rationale must be that if the gays are allowed in they will breed like crazy and overtake the straight population

  20. 20
    freehand

    And of course, once the “technology” is perfected and commonplace, it can be used for those troublesome political dissidents, many of whom are surely motivated by these unnatural urges… Why else would they be unhappy with God’s Paradise on Earth?

  21. 21
    grumpyoldfart

    Western countries can be just as stupid. Do you remember Dr Christopher Hobbs, Dr Jane Wynne, Dr Geoffrey Wyatt, and Dr Marietta Higgs with their Reflex Anal Dilation method for detecting child abuse? Stick a finger up the kid’s arse and if the sphincter relaxed the the child was taken from the parents who were suspected of child abuse. At the height of the mania in 1987, Higgs and Wyatt were averaging one case of child abuse every day for six months.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-438208/The-women-went-ordeal-belief.html

  22. 22
    Ichthyic

    Persons who are identified as LGBT through the tests would then be refused entry into the country.

    oh, this should be good.

    I like the idea of using dowsing rods for this, though I’m definitely curious to see what “tests” they come up with.

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