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Bahrain is known as one of the more tolerant Muslim nations in the Middle East, and has recently undergone a period of political liberalization. However, homosexuality remains a crime, and the government has periodically deported expatriates living in the nation for their sexual orientation. There is also a collection of Hadith called Sahih Muslim A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم, Persian: Mosalman or Mosalmon Urdu: مسلمان, Turkish: Müslüman, Albanian: Mysliman, Bosnian: Musliman) is an adherent of the religion of Islam. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, normally conceived of as falling into several significant categories based around the sex or gender that the individual finds attractive. ...

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Criminal Code

Homosexuality has been illegal in Bahrain since 1956 when, as part of the British empire, it was given the Indian Penal Code. Article 377 of this code made unnatural sexual offences a crime punishable with imprisonment not to exceed ten years, or deportation for twenty years of a fine. The law remains in effect today, and seems to also apply to cases of adultery [1]. However, the law seems to rarely be enforced. 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a partner other than the lawful spouse. ...


For non-citizens, the most likely punishment is deportation rather than a fine or imprisonment. For example, it has been reported that in 2002 the government deported 2,000 gay Filipino workers for alleged homosexual activity and prostitution[2]. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


In response to questions from parliament about lesbianism in schools, the Assistant Under-Secretary for Educational Services Khalid Al Alawi has said that the Education Ministry is not responsible for addressing issues of sexuality, and instead it is the responsibility of parents to take care of their children's emotional development: "Any emotional problems should be dealt with by their parents - it is not up to the school to take actions on this problem. The public shouldn't make a big deal out of this problem because it does not exist." Speaking about the government's attitude, Mr Al Alawi said that "As for the question that has been raised in the Press about the so-called problem of lesbianism, as a ministry we cannot talk about a widespread phenomenon and we can't call them lesbians. The problems that the students are facing are put into the category of educational problems, not immoral acts. If a student's appearance is contrary to custom and the schools values, then the only thing we can say is that those violating the school's rules should be disciplined."[3]


Freedom of Speech

The subject of homosexuality in Bahrain is rarely discussed in the newspapers, although it is not a forbidden topic. Since the 1990s newspapers have mentioned the issue particularly when talking about events happening outside of Bahrain in the field of entertainment or criminal arrests or the AIDS-HIV pandemic. It has only been within the last few years that the Bahraini press, has begun to address sexual orientation, gender identity, and AIDS as they apply to the island. Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... A pandemic (from Greek παν pan all + δήμος demos people) is an epidemic (an outbreak of an infectious disease) that spreads across a large region (example a continent), or even worldwide. ... Sexual orientation refers to the direction of an individuals sexuality, normally conceived of as falling into several significant categories based around the sex or gender that the individual finds attractive. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS or Aids) is a collection of symptoms and infections resulting from the specific damage to the immune system caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ...


In 2002 the Arabic language newspaper, Al-Meethaq, created a national controversy when it became the first newspaper to discuss homosexuality [4] in Bahrain. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...


On 21 December 2005, the Gulf Daily News' British columnist Les Horton wrote a commentary, 'Gay weddings are no threat to family values'. While it is an English language newspaper, its readership includes many Arabic speaking Bahrainis. 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Gulf Daily News is an English-language newspaper published in the Kingdom of Bahrain by Al Hilal Group. ...


The Gulf Daily News has continued to write articles, that touch upon these taboo subjects. For example, it has published brief articles on Bahrani female homosexality in girls schools and women who claim to have become lesbians based on abusive relationships with men.


GLBT Community

The law against homosexuality, while sporadically enforced, prevents any visible gay community from existing. However, among western or European workers in the kingdom, there do exist certain bars that seem to have a gay male clientele.


In 2006 the Gulf Daily News published a story about a Bahrani woman undergoing a sex change operation is going to court in a bid to legally recognise her new status as a man. The lawyer, Fowzia Mohammed Janahi, had won a landmark case in 2005 where a Bahraini woman, aged 30, had the operation and was legally recognised as a man [5]. As of 2007, the legal case was still going through the Bahrani legal system [6]. For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Gulf Daily News is an English-language newspaper published in the Kingdom of Bahrain by Al Hilal Group. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the CE era. ...


External links

  • Reports, stories and information for gay men in Bahrain
  • Middle East Gay Journal
  • Schoolmate who wanted to be 'more than a friend', Gulf Daily News, February 24, 2007
  • Secret agony of lesbian 'hurt by life', Gulf Daily News, February 24, 2007

 
 

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