Just when is the UAE going to get its head out of the sand and admit that some blokes (and yes shock horror some Muslim men) are in fact gay and arresting and possibly prosecuting people who are that way inclined won't change things one little bit?
Reading this in Emirates Today just served to remind me how ridiculous it is to criminalise people who are attracted to others of the same s e x. It would be laughable if it wasn't so serious:
Police arrested a large group of men, many of whom were dressed as women, after receiving information that a gay party was being held in a chalet. When officers arrived at the scene of the late-night party in Abu Dhabi they found numerous UAE nationals and other Arab and Asian men “intending to hold a gay party” a source revealed. Many of the men were impersonating women and dressed in female outfits, while the remainder were dressed in Arab attire. A total of 26 men were arrested, police said. Investigations revealed that the young men had previously held similar parties in various hotels and chalets. The men dressed as women were earning money as prosti-tutes, the source said. Those arrested were referred to the Abu Dhabi Support Centre for Psychiatrists to study their behaviour. Reports will be given to the authorities to see what action will be taken. Ho mo se xu- ality is illegal under Sharia Law.
All right it's not to everyone's taste but for heaven's sake, haven't the cops got better things to do than to round up a bunch of gay people at a private party? And what's the point of "studying their behaviour". It doesn't take a phychiatric genius to work this one out. Sometimes you are reminded just how ridiculous things are here. If the law says illegal then it's about bloody time the law was changed to step into the 21st Century.