149 people, including at least four gay men and two transgender women, have been arrested in the latest raids on parties in Kuwait.
The ‘anti-vice drive,’ according to Gulf media, mainly targeted expatriates, from which “14 Arab women would be immediately deported while several gays and tomboys have been locked up pending trial.”
News reports say that hundreds of Kuwaiti security agents are involved.
Speaking with Dan Littauer of Gay Star News, a Kuwaiti trans woman said:
They call it “prostitution places” but in fact these were private parties in homes and apartments. It’s just drinking and partying maybe a bit more but not prostitution!
She said that since Islamists won a majority in Kuwait’s parliament, there had been a crackdown on a wide range of behavior and people, but that this has disproportionately affected LGBT people.
In April, seven gay men were arrested for wearing “indecent clothing’” at the beach. 44 people were arrested, including four people identified as gay and five labelled as ‘cross-dressers.’
Kuwait is also running a campaign against ‘Tomboys’ or ‘Boyat.’
In January Human Rights Watch published “They Hunt Us Down for Fun,” an examination of discrimination and police violence against transgender women in Kuwait.
One MP., Dr. Adel Al-Damkhi, has proposed to set up a “rehab center” to “treat negative phenomena alien to Kuwaiti society.”
Picture by Kuwaitelections2012