Hair clips, hats, pencil cases and more have been seized by Saudi authorities and removed from shops in the country's capital Riyadh. The reason given? For “contradicting the Islamic faith and public morals.”
Government-controlled media outlets in Saudi Arabia are reporting that the authroties are seizing rainbow-coloured items as part of a wider crackdown on LGBTQ people.
The government's justification is that products that promote "homosexual colours" are used to target the younger generation. It's the "grooming" trope that obviously has no basis in reality.
What's life like for LGBTQ people in Saudi Arabia?
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Saudi Arabia? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.
Is homosexuality legal in Saudi Arabia?
Homosexuality is illegal and state-sanctioned persecution is commonplace.
The country doesn’t have a codified criminal code but homosexuality is listed among the crimes that warrant arrest and imprisonment.
Homosexuality can be punished by death.
Are there anti-discrimination protections in place for LGBTQ people in Saudi Arabia?
No, there are no protections from discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.
Is there Marriage Equality in Saudi Arabia?
No. There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia is considered one of the most anti-LGBTQ countries in the world. It is an ultra-conservative society, heavily influenced by religion.
This is a dangerous place for LGBTQ people.