Kuwait Claims To Have Its Own ‘Gaydar’


A Kuwaiti government official claims that his government has the technology to detect gays and lesbians for the purpose of keeping them out of the country:

Yousuf Mindkar, the director of public health in Kuwait announced that the country has stumbled upon the technology to “detect” gays and prevent them from coming across its borders. Mindkar’s master plan will be debated on November 11 when the Gulf Cooperation Countries committee convene. What he, and presumably Kuwait, wants is to make sure that the expatriates going to Kuwait are healthy, which seems to mean that they are also not gay.

“Health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries. 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,” Mindkar said in a local report picked up by Gulf News. (In fairness to Kuwait, other countries have had similarly myopic and anti-gay immigration laws. In 2009, the U.S. ended its ban on foreigners with HIV from immigrating or traveling here.)

Mindkar’s anti-gay enthusiasm has piqued our interest and conjured images of metal detector-like devices with a disembodied RuPaul voice saying, “Shante you are not gay. You stay.” or “You are gay, sashay away (from Kuwait)” after someone steps through.

Kidding aside, how is this even going to work? Is it purely visual (this is very confusing in certain cases)? Doesn’t Kuwait know that plenty of LGBT people have spent years living in closets and pretending to be people they’re not? Is there a lie detector test? And we wouldn’t want to be the ones to break it to Mindkar that gay people come from the loins of straight people, meaning any attempt to keep your country gay-free is all but impossible.

Let the jokes begin……..

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  1. DC Loser says:

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  2. michael reynolds says:

    Some con man is about to get rich. I just hope he has the sense to get out of town before these idiots tumble to the scam.

  3. Mark Ivey says:

    “Some con man is about to get rich.”

    HELL ya.. middle east Grifter respect.. :))

  4. rodney dill says:

    Drudge’s hook said, “Gulf States Developing Medical Test to Detect Gay Travelers… ” which immediately made my mind jump to Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida, and “WTF, they can’t do that…” then do “Doh” after I clicked on the link.

  5. legion says:

    Now we know why Russia has so many entanglements in the Middle East…

  6. rudderpedals says:

    The gaydar comes from the same factory that sold the Iraqis dowsing rods to use as bomb detectors.

  7. Mike says:

    Good thing the Middle East has oil – otherwise it really would be worthless and broke and…

  8. Brett says:

    We all know where it started:

    You’ve got a gay!