Is It Wrong to Smile Upon Anti-Gay Dubai’s Financial Turmoil?


It’s hard, and sort of meaningless, to wish ill will toward an entire sovereign government structure, but is any one else feeling the teeny, tiniest bit of warm fuzzies hearing Dubai — where being gay is punishable by a 10-year prison sentence — is having trouble paying off $60 billion in debt? Indeed, there are worse places to Live While Gay in the Middle East than Dubai, where police harassment and entrapment might be expected, but torture and death are — usually — not. Well, unless officials want to treat you under the United Arab Emirate’s Federal Penal Code, where Article 354 allows anyone who “commits … sodomy with a male” to be executed.