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Family Claim Lesbian Couple Have Been Falsely Jailed For 25 Years In Kuwait ‘For Being Gay’

The family of Monique Coverson – an American citizen and Army veteran – have claimed that she and her girlfriend have been jailed for 25 years on “false” charges because of their sexuality.


Coverson – who served in the US military for seven years before moving to Kuwait along with her partner Larissa – was arrested on drugs charges with her girlfriend for possession of a material her lawyer claims is perfectly legal in Kuwait.

However, Monique’s mother Michelle Jackson claims the charges were fabricated because the pair are lovers.

The family have set up a Facebook page and gathered more than 4,000 signatures on a petition demanding her release.

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.

I am begging the US Government to do what it can to get my daughter and her partner out of jail and back to the States. They have clearly been targeted by the Kuwaiti government for their lifestyle, and could spend half their lives in prison for it.”

Monique’s sister added:

They live an alternative lifestyle, and while it’s accepted here in the United States, not so much in other counties around the world.”

The substance, which the family only identified as “tobacco like” in the petition, is in fact believed to be a form of synthetic marijuana (K2), which WDIV reports is legal in Kuwait.

The drug’s ingredients classify it as a controlled substance in the US and most countries.


Black Lesbian Power Couple Star in Amtrak’s New Mini-Documentary

With same-sex marriage now legal across the United States of America and with the changing attitudes about LGBT people overall, LGBT people are more and more seen as a demographic that can be marketed to.

Some examples include alcoholic drinks maker Absolut who helped one same-sex couple get engaged as part of a marketing push and Burger King who launched the ‘Pride Whopper’, a burger quite literally served in a rainbow wrapper.

American rail company Amtrak is one such company with an LGBT-focused marketing initiative (which it has been running since 2010).

In a new mini-documentary, black lesbian power couple Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills discuss their influence within the LGBTQ+ community, together and apart.


To say that the two women are influential is an understatement as Danielle is the creator of ‘Politini’ (blis.fm’s most downloaded show, which Aisha and Danielle co-host) and Politini Media, while Aisha is the President and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute and is also involved in activism and public speaking in New York City.

Moreover, Aisha Moodie-Mills was named as one of the OUT100, OUT Magazine’s list of the most important influential people within the LGBT community.


The Amtrak documentary features this too, as Danielle attends the OUT100 Gala for the first time, travelling to New York via the Northeast Regional Rail. She’s not just there for a good time though, as Danielle is there to represent her wife as unfortunately Aisha was hard at work at the Rockwood Leadership Institute, as part of their advocacy for LGBT rights.

While Amtrak’s decision to document the event (and take part as the OUT100’s travel sponsor) is a big deal as it is, it’s also nice to see that they chose an African-American couple to star.

LGBT people of colour are very often overlooked, in favour of white people, but, as Danielle Moodie-Mills notes, Aisha is one of few African-American women to lead an LGBT mainstream organisation and it’s “really important to show how diverse we are”.