US Embassy chastised by Kuwaiti Government for pro-LGBTQ+ tweets for Pride Month
Following President Joe Biden’s proclamation for Pride Month where he re-affirmed his unwavering support for the LGBTQI+ community, the US Embassy in Kuwait reiterated this notion in a tweet which has angered the anti-LGBT government in the conservative, mainly Muslim nation.
Not long after the tweet (see below) went out, Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry said it condemned the sentiments and had summoned the US Ambassador James Holtsnider to the Foreign Ministry, demanding the embassy respect Kuwaiti laws and “not to publish such tweets”.
Officials in Kuwait accused the embassy of ‘violating international conventions requiring diplomats to “respect the laws and regulations of the receiving state”‘, according to the BBC.
It is illegal to be gay in Kuwait and people’s rights are severely restricted, so the Biden Administration would have known there would be an almost instant backlash. The tweets were published in English and Arabic and included quotes from President Biden’s proclamation saying all humans “should be able to live without fear no matter who they are or whom they love”.
Of course, the right wing media in the US were all over Biden’s statement which condemns the swathe of anti-trans laws that have swept the nation in the past year proving that they have a lot more in common with ultra conservative nations where being gay is often punishable by prison or even death than they care to admit.
“All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear no matter who they are or whom they love.” @POTUS is a champion for the human rights of #LGBTQI persons. #Pride2022 #YouAreIncluded pic.twitter.com/gdPPBDlHZH— U.S. Embassy Kuwait (@USEmbassyQ8) June 2, 2022