Move over, Russia: Kuwait has announced plans to ban gay people from entering its borders by means of invasive “medical screening tests.” Kuwaiti health minister Yousouf Mindkar declares routine that examinations of those entering nations aligned with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries will soon include tests to detect homosexuals, reports The International Business Times.
“Health centers conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries,” Mindkar told local newspaper Al Rai. ”However, we 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.”
Relations between members of the same sex are illegal in all GCC countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar, which will be hosting the World Cup in 2022.
Soccer’s governing body, FIFA is trying to encourage Qatar to change its law before the games but LGBT activist Peter Tachell is calling on FIFA to relocate the World Cup or else be guilting of ”colluding with homophobic discrimination.” He also says attempts a weeding out pansies are pointless: ”There is no known medical test to detect homosexuality,” says LGBT activist Peter Tatchel. “I wonder what quackery the Kuwaiti authorities plan to invent in their vain attempt to identify gay men. It simply won’t work.”
A gay couple from Chicago is claiming a museum in Italy discriminated against them when it refused to give them and their young child a family rate. In August, the two men took their daughter to the Etruscan Museum Volterra in Tuscany, but when they requested the family rate, the cashier screamed ”A family is made of a man and a woman!” before turning away.
They wrote up the incident on TripAdvisor:
While we could certainly respect the museum’s policy in how it defines entrance fees, it could have been handled differently. It was upsetting to us and our son and put a pallor over our perception of Volterra.’
The story was picked up by Italian newspapers, prompting museum director Fabrizio Burchianti to insist the institution “stands for the inclusion of every kind of visitors,” but was quick to pass the lire: ”I don’t have any freedom of choosing our pricing policies. So, it’s not my fault.”
How do you say “grow a pair” in Italian?
It’s not all bad for Illinois queers: A gay man and a lesbian were voted homecoming king and queen at Waukegan High School in the Chicago suburbs. Close friends Eric Irazarry and Ariana Reiff received the honor, a sign of support from their classmates
“Ariana and I are both out and open about our sexuality—our attitude is we are who we are and if that bothers people, that’s okay, but we have so many friends who accept us for who we are.” Irizarry told The Lake County News Sun. “There are some people saying we shouldn’t have won, or that we won because we are gay, but I think our classmates chose us because they know us, and they chose us just as people,” Reiff added.
Drag Race Season 1 winner Bebe Zahara Benet (oops, spoiler alert!) is coming to off-Broadway with Vanity, a new show hitting Joe’s Pub on October 22. The one-night-only show performance marries original music from Bebe’s upcoming album with new interpretations of jazz standards and pop classics.”Vanity is a celebration of beauty, self-identity, and self-respect,” says Benet. “We want people to leave the show feeling okay to accept themselves – not to hold back and be ashamed of the extravagances they like to indulge in.”
The number of British same-sex couples dissolving their civil partnerships has leapt by 20 percent since the option was made available in 2006, reports the Telegraph, suggesting there may actually be something to the idea of the seven-year itch.
The Office for National Statistics also reports that lesbian couples are more likely to split than gay men—contradicting stereotypes about both but putting LGBT people in similar patterns as heteros.
The good news is were 7,037 new civil partnerships formed in Great Britain last year, a bump of 3.6 percent. With full marriage on the horizons, our British friends can expect to have to buy a lot more wedding presents in the very near future.
Whether they can ask for them back in seven years is a question for Ms. Manners.