Dec. 13, 2022

US company slogan, billboards put focus on LGBTQ rights in Kuwait


The story: Controversy has erupted in Kuwait over a US company slogan that some commentators and politicians perceive as promoting same-sex relationships. The debate has highlighted tensions over sexual orientation in the wealthy Gulf state, as have a series of government-sponsored anti-LGBTQ billboards. This comes amid wider concerns over LGBTQ rights in the region amid Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup. 

The coverage: Abu Dhabi-based Erem News reported on Dec. 3 that a Kuwaiti branch of US fast food restaurant Raising Cane’s company slogan of ‘One Love’ had caused controversy over apparent links to a similarly-named pro-LGBTQ campaign. 

  • Among those who found the restaurant’s motto offensive, Kuwaiti MP Osama Al-Shaheen called on the authorities to investigate the “illegal and unlicensed advertising.” The slogan was reportedly removed shortly after. 
  • However, Kuwaiti influencer Ahmed Al-Maimoni and...

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