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THE KINGDOM IN THE CLOSET 4

This strikes many Saudis as a reasonable accommodation. Court records in Saudi Arabia are generally closed, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the mutawwa’in are most likely to punish men who are overtly effeminate— those whose public behavior advertises a gayness … Continue reading

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THE KINGDOM IN THE CLOSET 3

The People of Lot Yet a paradox exists at the heart of Saudi conceptions of gay sex and sexual identity: Despite their seemingly flexible view of sexuality, most of the Saudis I interviewed, including those men who identify themselves as … Continue reading

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THE KINGDOM IN THE CLOSET 2

‘Gulf Arab Love’ One evening in Jeddah after a sandstorm, I sat in the glass rotunda of a café on Tahlia Street. I’d spent many nights there, interviewing men who were too nervous about being caught with a woman to … Continue reading

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THE KINGDOM IN THE CLOSET 1

Sodomy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, but gay life flourishes there. Why it is “easier to be gay than straight” in a society where everyone, homosexual and otherwise, lives in the closet By Nadya Labi Yasser, a 26-year-old … Continue reading

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