Gay partygoers to receive hormone injections Monday, November 28, 2005 Gay men arrested at a same-sex wedding party in the United Arab Emirates are to be given hormone injections as part of their punishment for homosexuality, according to officials in the country. A spokesperson for the UAE's Interior Ministry said it raided a hotel and arrested 26 men, the majority of whom were citizens of the conservative country. According to press reports, the men were attending a wedding party that gave gay couples the chance to celebrate their relationships. Police apparently raided after a tip from a local. This is not the first time police have raided parties and arrested men in countries where homosexuality is illegal. Egypt famously arrested more than a dozen gay men attending a boat party, a move that led to international condemnation and criticism from the European Union. Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia arrested more than 30 men for taking part in a gay wedding party. Hard-line tactics used have led to banning of gay news Web sites and online chat rooms in a number of countries. Representatives of the UAE government say the men arrested will be given hormone treatments, as well as up to five years' jail time and lashings, if found guilty of homosexual activity. Homosexuality is illegal in the United Arab Emirates, where the hormone treatments are used in an attempt to "cure" gay men and turn them straight. According to the Associated Press, the country's government has used the arrests to urge vigilance by parents against "deviance" among their children. LGBT rights activists say the comments suggest that authorities fear a new generation will move toward a more gay-friendly, liberal society. Link => http://www.planetout.com/news/article.html?2005/11/28/2 Cliffs: Gay men arrested at a same-sex wedding party in the United Arab Emirates are to be given hormone injections as part of their punishment for homosexuality, according to officials in the country.