Saudi Authorities Seize Rainbow Toys, Clothes for ‘Promoting Homosexuality’

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have seized rainbow-colored children’s items from shops as part of a crackdown on homosexuality.

A June 15 report by the state-run news channel Al-Ekhbariya showed commerce ministry officials removing a range of rainbow-themed items, including clothes and toys, from shops in the capital Riyadh.

In the report, the officials walked around shops to inspect the products before putting them in a pile on the floor.

“We are giving a tour of the items that contradict the Islamic faith and public morals and promote homosexual colors targeting the younger generation,” a commerce ministry official said in the report, according to Middle East Eye.

The ministry said on Twitter that the shops found to be selling the products would face legal penalties.

It is unclear how many items the official seized in the operation.

The items, apparently manufactured for children, included bows, hats, notebooks, skirts, pencil cases, and hair clips.

The seizure comes as Saudi Arabia has banned films that depict gay people.

Although Sunni Muslim-ruled Saudi Arabia has no laws regarding sexual orientation or gender identity, sexual relations outside of marriage, including homosexuality, can be punishable by death or flogging, depending on the perceived seriousness of the case.

It is also illegal in Saudi Arabia for men to “behave like women” or to wear women’s clothes and vice versa.

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