The Saudi government is hoping to impose capital punishment on homosexuals, it has been claimed
According to Okaz newspaper, the last six months has seen 35 cases of homosexuality and 50 cases of cross-dressers as well as cases of “sexual perversion” in Saudi Arabia.
The news has received a backlash on social media
It comes after a Saudi man was arrested this week when he raised the rainbow flag outside his home in Jeddah.
One man was arrested for hoisting the LGBT flag in Saudi Arabia
But he was released shortly afterwards when he claimed he had no idea what the pride flag symbolised.
In addition, Okaz reported that a man in his 50s was arrested for making sexual advances to men online.
The calls from the law makers has seen a backlash on social media with some using the hashtag #I_am_gay_will_not_be_deterred.
One tweeted: “I stand with the Saudi Arabian LGBT community.”
It is illegal to be gay in Saudi Arabia
A second conviction automatically merits automatic executions although vigilante executions are also common.