“After active duty, Monique and her partner Larissa later returned to Kuwait to work as military contractors. On the the morning of May 8, 2015, their house was raided and police confiscated one ounce of a ‘tobacco-like’ substance. It was sent to a lab in Germany for analysis, and it was determined to be a substance that is completely legal in Kuwait. Yet, Kuwaiti officials held them in prison anyway. After 8 months of uncharged incarceration, the one ounce of legal substance magically turned into one pound of marijuana, and on January 12, 2016, Monique and Larissa were sentenced to 20-25 years in prison.”
— Jasmine Coverson, mother of U.S. army veteran Monique Coverson, in a Change.org petition asking Barack Obama, U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Douglas A. Silliman, Reverend Al Sharpton and the Human Rights Campaign to help get Monique and her partner Larissa Joseph released from a Kuwaiti prison where they stand accused of drug charges involving K2 (aka “Spice”), a type of synthetic marijuana that is actually legal in Kuwait.
According to ThinkProgress, while male same-sex relationships are punishable in Iraqi by up to seven years in prison, no such law exists for female same-sex relationships. At the time of publication, Coverson’s petition had garnered 95,349 signatures and yet almost no major LGBT outlets have mentioned her arrest or imprisonment.