LGBT+ travellers should avoid public displays of affection and being open about their sexuality in Qatar, where homosexual acts are illegal. Men who engage in homosexual behaviour may face up to three years in prison. People committing adultery, fornication and any speech considered offensive (including LGBT+ activism) could also be arrested and punished under Qatari law. Cross-dressing is also considered a sin and may be an arrestable offence.
In 2017, The Danish Girl – a movie in which Eddie Redmayne plays a transgender artist – was banned after public outcry. The Ministry of Culture thanked the public for their 'unwavering vigilance' in bringing the matter to their attention. Interestingly, though, openly gay people have been invited to perform in the country, including pop singer George Michael in 2008.