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National Assembly panel offers gays help to ‘end their suffering’

KUWAIT: Members of a parliamentary committee are willing to welcome crossdressers and homosexuals in order to help them find a “solution to their problem,” a lawmaker was quoted as saying yesterday. “If there are homosexuals seeking to discuss what they are suffering from, our doors are open for them,” said MP Hamdan Al-Azmi, who is the president of the so-called ‘negative phenomena committee’ in Kuwait’s National Assembly. He added that ‘specialized doctors’ would be invited in order to discuss each file individually.

“Some cross-dressers are going through physiological suffering, and maybe they can be cured if they are seen by specialists,” he said in statements to Al-Rai daily.

Men appearing publically in female clothing and vice versa are arrested and charged with ‘imitating the opposite sex’ under Kuwait’s Penal Code, which also criminalizes all sorts of homosexual activity. Al-Azmi invited gays “who are looking for a solution to their suffering” starting from next week

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This article was published on 06/04/2014