Amazon has restricted LGBTQIA+ goods in the UAE

Deepak Gupta June 30, 2022
Updated 2022/06/30 at 8:44 PM

It is during the month that aims to celebrate LGBTQIA+ pride that Amazon announces that it will start restricting search results for community-related goods in the United Arab Emirates.

The decision came as a result of pressure exerted by the Gulf state authorities.

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It's Pride Month: a month that aims to commemorate the years of fighting for civil rights and the continued pursuit of equal justice for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Despite this demand, not all corners of the world guarantee rights to this growing and stronger community.

For example, Amazon decided to restrict search results related to LGBTQIA+ people and issues in the UAE. According to the New York Times, this decision came as a result of pressure exerted by the Gulf state authorities, who threatened the company with sanctions.

In the UAE, same-sex love and sexual relationships are illegal, and expressions of support for LGBTQIA+ rights are considered an offense.

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month

Despite defending diversity and equity rights, Amazon claims that it needs to comply with the laws in force in the countries where it operates.

As a company, we remain committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and we believe that the rights of LGBT+ people must be protected.

With Amazon stores all over the world, we also have to comply with the local laws and regulations of the countries in which we operate.

The retail giant clarified.

LGBTQIA+ rights are still not guaranteed

According to BBC News, earlier this month, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had summoned an American diplomat, to protest a tweet from the US embassy that supported LGBTQIA+ rights. In this one, the flag with the representative rainbow was illustrated, accompanied by a message of support, which quoted President Joe Biden, in commemoration of Pride Month.

Bearing this in mind, Kuwaiti officials criticized the embassy for “supporting homosexuality” and demanded that this not happen again. This is because Kuwait does not reserve any LGBTQIA+ rights to its citizens. In fact, in the country, homosexuality is illegal.

Also according to BBC News, also this month, Saudi Arabian authorities seized rainbow-decorated toys and children's clothing, claiming these items encourage homosexuality.

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