That Dubai looks like a nice place to go on a holiday. Well, Kylie was there taking their money and living it up so it must be a very good place for a gay holiday, right? Not right.
Article 354 of the Federal Penal Code of the United Arab Emirates (that’s where Dubai is) states that sodomy with a male shall be punished by, sadly, death, while article 177 of the Penal Code of Dubai is much more lenient and just imposes imprisonment of up to ten years on consensual sodomy.
And they’re serious: in 2005 police arrested more than a dozen men for homosexuality (they were at a party, with fizzy drinks and nibbly bits) and the press was initially informed that anyone convicted of sodomy in Dubai should be given hormone injections to cure them – this was later downgraded to a mere suggestion: as in, ‘Why don’t you try these hormone injections then you won’t be gay anymore? And if you do take them we’ll reduce your prison sentence.’ Eleven of those arrested have so far been given five-year sentences and are apparently undergoing psychiatric testing.
Nice place for some relaxation in the sun then. And thanks again Kylie for using your celebrity to highlight the plight of gay men in a country you just made, what was it, £500 a second in. Thanks again. Oh, you didn’t! Really. Oh, well, there you go…
*Sun City was the South African holiday resort decent celebrities boycotted during apartheid.