(Blogmensgo, gay blog of February 11, 2016) The Minister of Education of Kuwait, Bader Al-Essa, confirms that homosexual students and teachers are not dismissed. To the contrary, they are “reinstated or rehired according to the law” – although the Kuwaiti laws actually forbid homosexuality.
The minister explains that there are a few cases in the field of education that concern “employees of public institutions.”
The minister confirms that “these cases in the schools are treated with the highest discretion,” and these services offer suitable social and psychological support. He also suggests a law improving protection of LGBT persons in the education sector.
Unfortunately, the minister does not mention any details about “these cases” of the persons concerned. However, he makes it clear that his country wants to present itself in a more tolerant way and that schools and universities in Kuwait want to attract students without questions about their sexual orientation. According to him, nobody has been dismissed because of his or her homosexuality during his mandate.
The Kuwaiti laws prohibit “buggery” and “acts against nature.” Homosexual relationships are punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment if affect persons below 21 years of age.
Imitations and impersonations of the opposite sex can be punished by imprisonment of up to one year. In October 2014, the Kuwaiti police arrested and checked 23 persons who were participating in a private costume party.
Commentary: The Kuwaiti “tolerance” towards gays, lesbians, bi- and transsexuals shows itself clearly in the fact that there is not a single officially accepted LGBT organization today.
The minister’s wording is certainly another argument for LGBT persons not to study or teach in Kuwait at all.