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Gayism in the Middle East

Updated on September 17, 2015

Quick overview of the issue at a global level

In our today’s world, issues pertaining same gender relationships are often matters of grave concern. In some states, it is an issue of great contention. For instance, in the recent past, the issue of gayism has sparked a lot of debate regarding myriads of issues that surrounds it. Also, there has been a lot of conundrum among the many human rights officials on whether individuals in the gay relationships should be accorded certain rights to practice the act or not. In many states, different societies do not recognize gay relationships. However, in some states, like the United States, Gayism is an acceptable practice. There are even policies in place that support the existence of these relationships.

Why be against gayism

In those states where these relationships are illegal or forbidden, individuals are usually bound to be on the receiving end when found guilty. More often, such states are usually bound to certain cultures and religions that view foreign cultures such as gayism as an interference with the peace of their cultures and religions. In the Middle-Eastern countries, for example, gayism is forbidden and in most occasions, it is punishable by death. This is obviously because of the staunch Islamic faith in the region. In these Islamic states, Irregardless of whether they are Shiite or Sunni, the relationship is highly disregarded. Gayism is seen as living contrary to the laws of Allah, their creator. As noted earlier, in the most of the Middle-Eastern countries, the punishment for engaging in a gay relationship is punishable by death.

Extreme cases

In Saudi Arabia, individuals who are found to have engaged in gay relationships usually have to deal with tough consequences. Flogging, death or even life imprisonment could be the price for engaging in gayism. In an attempt to kill the act, there have been a number of arrests of the suspected gay individuals by the law officials. In 2005 for example, a total of thirty men were convicted after being found guilty of Homosexuality. The lot had been ambushed from a supposed gay wedding which by then had seen a congregation of about a hundred gay men.

The lighter side

However, despite the harsh consequences of such relationships, there are a significant number of individuals who engage in the gay relationships in this region. In such scenario, one is more likely to see homosexuals in the streets. A tight clothing and a series of make-ups is usually enough to identify such individuals and you may also likely to see those individuals with shaped eye-brows. Due to the advancement of the issue in Kuwait, there have been various calls by the authorities, especially in Kuwait that advocates for the apprehension of such groups by the formation of special religious police units. Unfortunately, the move has been futile.

In a country such as Lebanon, Gayism is also an issue. The relevant personnel are often grappling with the issue in a bid to curb what they see as a foreign and immoral influence to their cultures. It is alleged that Gay relationship thrives more in Lebanon than any other country in the region. Apparently, there is increased rights and freedom among the gay individuals. Gradually, it is also becoming an acceptable way of living. In Lebanon you are likely to find certain night clubs and bars meant for the Gays. There are also bodies in Lebanon that fight for the rights of the Gay Lebanese.

What the future holds

With the current trend that involves given instances of formation of gay rights associations and some activities by the gay individuals that entail different activities such as exertion of their presence in to the society to gain acceptance, different analysts predict a rise in cases pertaining gayism. Such analysts also predict increased cases of sexually transmitted diseases and a relative decreased growth rate of the population due to their inability to bear children.


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