The GCC — Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — are considering the use of a medical test being developed by Kuwait to "detect" gays and ban them from any of the six notoriously anti-gay nations.
Foreigners entering GCC countries already undergo a routine health check. In the not-so-distant future, these routine screenings could include medical tests to identify LGBT individuals if approved by a GCC central committee on Nov. 11.
A former Home Depot employee in California is suing the retailer for discrimination. Hardy “Lex” Housh claims that following the 2008 financial crisis, Home Depot targeted older, higher-paid managers and gay male employees in a cost-saving measure. Housh also alleges that he was harassed for being gay and targeted for termination after registering his domestic partner to his insurance plan.
In the 57-page complaint filed in Orange County Superior Court, Housh, 57, stated:
Home Depot was concerned with 'gay male' employees because of its perception that it would pay more medical benefits associated with HIV and AIDS viruses. Also, Home Depot was concerned that it would have to pay costs associated with 'gay partners.' As of Jan. 1, 2012, Home Depot California made a decision to terminate all 'gay' employees because of the California Domestic Relationship Act. That legislation required employers to provide benefits to 'partners.'
Home Depot has generally been considered an LGBT-friendly workplace. Earlier this year, the Human Rights Campaign gave the retail chain a high rating for its offering of health benefits to domestic partners and non-discrimination policies.