Qatar, Middle East

Qatar is an Arab emirate occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the larger Arabian Peninsula. An oil-rich nation, Qatar has the highest GDP per capita in the world according to the CIA World Factbook. The judicial system in Qatar is based on the Shari'a, homosexual acts are punished with up to 5 years imprisonment. Article 201 of the 1971 Penal Code punishes sodomy between consenting adults (irrespective of sex) with up to five years imprisonment. As is the case with other "moderate" Muslim nations in the Middle East, enforcement of the law is sporadic and foreigners are often simply deported or given the option to leave, although since the 1990s there are reports that suggest that a crackdown on the law might be taking place. In the 1990s, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration informed Philippine workers that, "Gay workers banned in Qatar." This was in response to several mass arrests and deportations of Philippine workers in Qatar, for homosexuality. In 2002, protests arose concerning the new Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Critics expressed concern that LGBT medical students might face trouble with the law for their sexual orientation.



‘I do not wish to be anonymous’: Doctor becomes ‘first’ Qatari to publicly come out as gay

Exclusive: As the spotlight continues to fall on Qatar and its treatment of LGBT+ people, physician Nas Mohamed has taken the bold move to come out The moment Nas Mohamed knew for certain he was gay, he panicked. “I walked into a gay club and I knew I was 100 per cent gay,” he tells… Read more »

‘My friends have been locked up for weeks and had their heads shaved just for looking like they might be gay’

: Damning testimonies reveal the truth behind Qatar’s expensive PR gloss When he was about 13 or 14, Rafiq’s father and brothers beat him with broom handles in the hope of correcting what they called his ‘effeminate’ way of walking. Rafiq, who is gay, says that over time his behaviour became a source of ‘terrible… Read more »

Kenyan men trafficked as sex slaves to Gulf states

A Kenyan gay magazine has exposed male sex trafficking between Kenya and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Identity magazine says that gay and bisexual Kenyans are being lured from universities with promises of jobs only to end up as sex slaves. The prestigious Kenyatta University is being particularly targeted, the magazine found.… Read more »

Qatari religious leader speaks against LGBT people

What do you do when your leaders and your religious authorities are against you? This isn’t an issue faced only in the Middle East. Conservatives in all countries continue to speak out against homosexuality, usually through very insulting and sometimes even violent rhetoric. Often, the messages are filled with pseudo-science and a complete lack of… Read more »

Gay Qatar News & Reports

Also see: Gay Middle East Web Site More information about Islam & Homosexuality Other articles of interest Queer Muslim magazine Iranian queer online magazine (Farsi) UTube video on persecution of gay in Iran Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men     LGBT muslim Queer Jihad           Bi-muslims Trans-muslims       Lesbian muslims 1 Qatar’s Gay Rights Policy Under Scrutiny… Read more »