Kuwait police have arrested 32 people after they raided a livestock farm to bust an alleged “gay” party, Gay Asia News reported.
Vice police detectives raided a jakhour, or livestock farm, where same-sex parties for both genders were being organized, a security source told the Kuwait Times.
The source confirmed that 32 men and women were arrested from the farm in the northwestern town of Kabd. Liquor and women’s clothing were also confiscated by the police officials.
The Arab Times said those arrested included “drunken persons, cross-dressers and tomboys.” That article said that “foreigners caught in the raid will be deported and legal action will be taken against others, as per directives from the Assistant Undersecretary for Criminal Affairs Major General Abdulhamid Al-Awadhi.”
Same-sex relations between men in Kuwait are punishable by imprisonment of up to seven years, according to the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA). This punishment is less severe that in Saudi Arabia, which shares a border with Kuwait, where same-sex relations are punishable by death by stoning.
Kuwaiti law regarding lesbian activity is unclear, ILGA says.
Kuwait also has strict laws concerning cross-dressing. Its National Assembly in 2007 voted to amend the country’s penal code to make anyone “imitating the opposite sex in any way” liable to face one year in prison and a fine of 1,000 Kuwaiti dinar (US $3,555).