The spread of satellite channels and the internet made resorting to the policy of obscuring facts difficult. Several parties for homosexuals were discovered, the participants arrested, the most remarkable of them lately were 30 young men arrested in 'suspicious' positions during a party that they had in a rest house in Makkah, during March 2008.
A qualitative development was marked when some of them resorted to advertising themselves. In May 2008, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice arrested a 'homosexual' in one of the famous hotels in Riyadh dressed as a woman after publishing some ads on the internet offering himself to men in exchange for 1500 riyals. The weird part is that he confessed practicing this job for some time and that he didn't find it offensive.
Although homosexuality is counted a crime in KSA, the penalty is only consolidating in force, i.e. there is no fixed text in its concern. The penalty is determined according to the judge's opinion according to each case. In most cases, imprisonment and flogging are the penalties though it may mount to the death penalty in cases of assault and defamation of minors.
While newspaper coverage focused on gays, studies didn't disregard homosexuality among women. On April, 4th 2006, in a paper presented at a seminar organized by Al-Nahdha Women's Philanthropic Association, a Saudi NGO, Professor Abdullah Yusuf, professor of sociology, warned against same-sex sexual harassment among male and female adolescents.
Lesbian relations between girls in schools represent 46% of cases categorized as morally inappropriate
A statistical study carried out by the Ministry of Education reveals that lesbian relations between girls in schools represent 46% of cases categorized as morally inappropriate. Speaking to IslamOnline.net, a school teacher by the name of Shomoukh confirmed these results and referred to discovering several homosexual cases in girls' schools. She warned against the spread of the phenomenon owing to the huge number of girls in contrast to the small number of teachers and supervisors in comparison. In their school, she clarified, the number of students is over 1000 whereas the supervisors are only three!
'Boyat'Funny how "human rights" types who get all hot and bothered about, say, the treatment of gays in Uganda remain mum about the gay treatment in King Abdullah's Wahhabi House of Horrors. And, hey, wouldn't an exhibit on the subject be a perfect addition to Canada's "human rights" mausoleum. Not that I'm holding my breath about it, since that would require both insight and valour on the mausoleum's part, two attributes it has yet to demonstrate it has.
In addition to gays and lesbians, a new type of homosexuality has appeared lately known as ‘boyat’, a slang word used by some girls instead of using the word tomboy or transsexual.
A 'Tomboy' is a rebellious state from a girl on the pure nature in which God created her as a female and an attempt to gain masculine characteristics starting from dress codes, behavior, to the walk, perfumes, and sometimes even adopting a male name instead of her female name. Some of them shave their cheeks and chin in order to show a moustache or beard.
Girls of such behavior target girls in schools and universities through molestation and courting and enter into emotional or sexual relations with them that may go as far as marrying another girl. Their relationship to other girls is different from lesbian relationships, however, so they are called 'the fourth gender' or transsexuals.
Despite the lack of statistics on the number of these 'boyat' in Saudi society, estimations around their number in some faculties indicate that they are not an insignificant portion. In an unofficial study made by the women security officials at the Faculty of Arts in Dammam in 2006, the number of these tomboys reached 25 in that faculty alone out of a total of 6,000 students...
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