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Amazon Restricts LGBT Goods in United Arab Emirates

Amazon Restricts LGBT Goods in United Arab Emirates
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In the United Arab Emirates, the online retailer Amazon has limited the search results for LGBT individuals and causes (UAE).

The company apparently made the action in response to pressure from the Gulf state’s government.

The United Arab Emirates is one of the 69 nations in the world that have made homosexuality a crime.

The announcement comes as Pride month, a time to honor LGBT individuals globally, draws to a conclusion.

An Amazon spokesperson told the media, “As a company, we remain committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we believe that the rights of LGBTQ+ people must be protected.”

They said, “With Amazon shops all over the world, we must also abide by the local laws and regulations of the nations in which we operate.”

According to the New York Times, which broke the news first, the corporation decided to limit the searches after being threatened with sanctions by the UAE government.

The Kuwaiti foreign ministry said earlier this month that it had summoned a senior US diplomat in retaliation for tweets from the American embassy endorsing LGBT rights.

In honor of Pride month, US officials there hoisted a rainbow flag and a message of support from President Joe Biden.

The embassy was criticized by Kuwaiti officials for “promoting homosexuality,” and they asked that it not happen again.

Kuwait severely restricts the rights of LGBT individuals, and it is against the law for males to be gay there.

State TV reported that authorities in Saudi Arabia also seized toys and children’s clothing this month because they believe these items promote homosexuality.

A report from Al-Ekhbariya shows representatives from the trade ministry taking a variety of goods out of stores in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

They featured pencil cases, t-shirts, pop-its, caps, and hair clips.