The Kuwait Times report on the story (Photo: Twitter/Dan Nolan)
Police in Kuwait have arrested 215 gay men and lesbians following an investigation of "internet cafes and suspicious places across the country."
According to The Kuwait Times, "215 homosexual boys and girls belonging to different nationalities" were detained. The article goes on to say they are being held as "violators of residency law, drunkards, drug users, gamblers and people wanted in different criminal and civil cases."
The picture above, taken by Australian journalist Dan Nolan, shows the headline The Arab Times chose to run.
Kuwaiti police with some of the detained people (Photo: Kuwait Times)
This is just the latest in a recent series of Kuwaiti police crackdowns on LGBT people.
In February, 2012, the country's Islamist-led coalition won a major victory in parliamentary elections.
Since then, campaigns targeting LGBT people (as well as people "drinking alcohol, couples, parties, and any inappropriate kind of clothing") have intensified, Pink News reports.
Some of the incidents have been reported in the media: back in May, 2012, 149 people were arrested for "immoral" behaviour, including four gay men and two transgender women.
Then in June, 10 LGBT teenagers were arrested for "satanic rituals" and "indecent acts." According to Kuwaiti daily paper al-Rai, the teens were "suspected of homosexuality."
In November, Gay Star News reported that at least 13 transgender people were being detained in Kuwaiti prisons. All of them had been arrested and were awaiting trial.
An unnamed transgender activist told Gay Star, "our country is regressing both legally and socially, sexual orientation and gender identity is increasingly talked about by politicians and the media as an "epidemic" that the country must get rid of."
Under Kuwaiti laws, homosexuality between men over the age of 21 is punishable by up to seven years imprisonment. For those under 21, the maximum imprisonment is 10 years.
And according to Article 198 of the Penal Code, which was enacted in 2007, "public indecency" and "imitating the appearance of a member of the opposite sex" are both illegal, and subject to fines or imprisonment.
Sadly, Kuwait is not unique, or even an outlier, in its stance on LGBT people. In fact, homosexuality is illegal in many countries in the Middle East and around the world.
A Foreign Policy article titled 'The Continuing Battle for Gay Rights in the Middle East' points out that "same-sex acts are illegal in most Arab countries, and even in those where they are not other laws can be used - such as the law against 'habitual debauchery' in Egypt."
The piece also points out, though, that actual prosecution by authorities is not common, suggesting "this is mainly a result of denial: large numbers of prosecutions are to be avoided since that would cast doubt on the common official line that 'we don't have gay people here.'"
In certain countries, however, LGBT people face the very real threat of imprisonment - or even death.
Iran executed three men in 2011 after they were found guilty of "charges related to homosexuality," the Guardian reported. And in May 2012, four Iranian men were reportedly sentenced to death on sodomy charges.
The website 76crimes.com has a list of "76+ (or 78 or 82) countries with anti-homosexuality laws," as compiled by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).
The list reaches 82 by including political entities like Gaza/Palestine, Turkish-controlled northern Cyprus, and Indonesia, where two large provinces consider homosexuality illegal.
18 Malawi (enforcement of law suspended)
25 Sao Tome
28 Sierra Leone
30 South Sudan
Asia, including the Middle East
51 Palestine/Gaza Strip
53 Saudi Arabia
55 Sri Lanka
58 United Arab Emirates
61 Antigua & Barbuda
68 St Kitts & Nevis
69 St Lucia
70 St Vincent & the Grenadines
71 Trinidad & Tobago
72 Cook Islands
73 Indonesia (Aceh Province and South Sumatra)
77 Papua New Guinea
79 Solomon Islands
82 Northern Cyprus
Also getting a mention: Russia, where some cities and regions prohibit "public action aimed at propagandizing sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism, and transgenderism among minors", and Ukraine, which has considered a law against "gay propaganda" (so far, the country has not adopted the law).