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Saudi Arabia Bans Gays And Tom Boys From Schools

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A new report released this morning states that Saudi Arabia has asked its Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice to begin enforcing the banishment of gay and "tom boy" students from schools and universities in an attempt to further thwart homosexuality in the country, where it is already considered a capital offense.

Emirates247.com quotes the Arabic language newspaper Sharq which states “Instructions have been issued to all public schools and universities to ban the entry of gays and tom boys and to intensify their efforts to fight this phenomenon, which has been promoted by some websites.”

It is not clear exactly who has given the order to the Commission, which Emirates247.com refers to as the "most feared law enforcement authority" in the country, but it was noted that students will only be allowed to return if they "prove they have been corrected and have stopped such practices."

Saudi Arabia has long been harshly criticized for its treatment of LGBT people. PinkNews notes that in 2010 a British man was beaten and threatened with death when Saudi Arabian police discovered he was gay.

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