The small state of Kuwait, nestled on the Persian Gulf between Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran, wants to develop a "gaydar" screening process to make sure that no gay expatriates are allowed to enter the country.
The warped plan comes from Kuwait's director of public health, Yousuf Mindkar, who oversees the routine medical screens given to expatriates entering any of the Gulf Cooperation Countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates—all of which consider homosexuality a criminal offense. In Kuwait, a homosexual act can land you in prison for up to 10 years. In some of the other nations, it's punishable by death.
The clinical screens are meant to make sure the foreigners entering the Arab countries are healthy. But Mindkar wants to use them as an opportunity to crack down harder on what's been seen as a troublesome rise in the country’s gay population. "We will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will then be barred from entering Kuwait or any of the Gulf member states," Mindkar told Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai, and Gulf News translated.