Embassy parties are where we were encouraged to go. The level of hypocrisy is unbelievable.” He said he couldn’t tell his family as he didn’t want to tarnish their image of Saudi Arabia.
“They would ask me if I wanted to go swimming with them, or if I wanted to go up to their room for a chat. I actually thought they wanted a ‘chat.’ Younis did not feel they would be looking for anything else.
In their minds, they are fulfilling a natural human need.
A British national who travelled to Saudi Arabia for a dream job has spoken of his experience at being propositioned by gay men in the deeply religious country. “Almost immediately I was made to feel uncomfortable. After all, it was a deeply religious Muslim country. If you are seen with a woman, it’s blatantly contravening the law.
Homosexuality and cross-dressing are illegal offences in Saudi Arabia and in some other Middle Eastern countries. They couldn’t have been happier that I had gotten a job out there. “The more I was approached, the more insidious it felt. But no-one blinks twice if you are having dinner with a man, or going into a hotel with a man.
Another common method is doing the name drop through an open window. Yes, it is very daring but if you’re interested, you’re interested. How better to get someone’s attention than directly on their phone. If and when interested you make a blatant gesture on your phone (i.e.checking, typing).