Kazakhstan, Asia


Kazakhstan is ranked as the ninth largest country in the world as well as the world's largest landlocked country; it has a territory greater than Western Europe. It has a population density of less than 6 people per square km (15 per sq mi). Since independence, Kazakhstan has pursued a balanced foreign policy and worked to develop its economy, especially its hydrocarbon industry. While the country's economic outlook is improving, President Nazarbayev maintains repressive control over the country's politics. Kazakhstan declared independence on December 16, 1991. It was the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence.
Kazakhstan has no sodomy laws, the age of sexual consent is 18 for all. In 1991 that the first gay group in Kazakhstan was founded. Male homosexuality was then illegal, and the group was subject to violence and threats at the hands of the Ministry of the Interior. The group however successfully campaigned for the repeal of the law prohibiting male homosexuality and it is now legal.

 

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Activists petition lawmakers as Kazakh politicians ratchet up anti-gay stance

| September 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Kazakhstan: Kazakh gay activists are petitioning local lawmakers do away with the gay propaganda law and other discriminatory statutes in Kazakhstan even as many politicians have ratcheted up their homophobic stance by calling for blood tests to determine and single out people as gay. A group of social activists from Almaty, the country’s largest city has already petitioned lawmakers in Kazakhstan to work out amendments to certain laws in order that the gay “propaganda” legislation be banned along with strictures to prohibit gay people from working at public offices or serving in the Kazakh army, according to the Tengrinews news service. The activists also want changes into the new “Marriage and Family Code” of the country that legislators are now developing to deprive gay people the right to adopt children in Kazakhstan. Politicians say Kazakh society needs such amendments since over 100 stories mentioning LGBT representatives have “seeped” into the

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Kazakhstan gay bar poster wins award but sparks outrage

| September 1st, 2014 | Comments Off

Kazakhstan: An advertisement for a gay club showing a Kazakh composer kissing one of the greatest Russian poets has won an international award but has sparked outrage for what many consider is a national insult. The ad created by Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan for the “Studio 69? gay bar and club in Almaty shows an image of great Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly and one of the greatest Russian poets Alexander Pushkin kissing. The bar is gay bar and club located at the intersection of Kurmangazy and Pushkin streets in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan. Someone going by the nickname of Almaz Applez on Facebook published a photo of a complaint that he filed to the Prosecutor’s Office saying that the poster was “insulting the dignity of the (Kazakh) nation,” according to en.tengrinews.kz. “Things have been put in motion. The Regional Department of Internal Affairs has accepted the complaint. There was

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Gay club advert sparks controversy in Kazakhstan

| August 27th, 2014 | Comments Off

Advertising firm responsible for poster featuring Russian poet Alexander Pushkin kissing Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly has promised not to display it in public after widespread complaint. EurasiaNet reports An advert featuring an image of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing has sparked widespread complaint in Kazakhstan. The poster – which features the two of the region’s most prominent 19th century cultural figures – is designed to promote a gay club in Almaty, one of the most liberal cities in Central Asia. The club, Studio 69, sits at the corner of streets named after Pushkin and Kurmangazy. According to RFE/RL, 20 activists filed a lawsuit on 25 August against the advertising agency that created it, saying it “insulted both Kazakhs and Russians.” Police told TengriNews they had registered an official complaint. A descendant of Kurmangazy has also threatened to sue for damages. On social media, reaction to

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Lawmaker calls for ban on gay sex in Kazakhstan

| October 4th, 2013 | Comments Off

Kazakhstan lawmaker Bakhytbek Smagul has called for his country’s LGBT community to be driven underground and wants to outlaw same-sex relationships A lawmaker in the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan wants to close all the gay bars in his country and have people locked up for being gay. Homosexuality has been legal in Kazakhstan since 1998 but Bakhytbek Smagul, a deputy in the Parliament of Kazakhstan, wants to recriminalize it, claiming that gay men will undermine the country’s ability to defend itself. ‘I believe it necessary not only to enhance the article 11 of the Family Code [listing those who are not allowed to marry], but also to develop a draft law eradicating same-sex relations, and close the nightclubs everywhere,’ Smagul told Khazakhstan Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov during a plenary session in the Lower House according to Tengri News. ‘Tell me, how will gay men be able to protect the

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Kazakhstan plans Russia-style ‘gay propaganda’ laws

| August 19th, 2013 | Comments Off

Politicians in the former Soviet state want to follow in Mother Russia’s footsteps in banning Gay Pride, LGBT-friendly clubs and ‘disgusting relations’ Kazakhstan could be following in the footsteps of Russia and planning ‘gay propaganda’ laws. According to local media, members of parliament (MPs) believe the former Soviet country needs a law to ban gay clubs and pride festivals. Aldan Smaiyl, a member of the Majilis (lower chamber of parliament), has filed a request to ban ‘gay propaganda’. ‘I asked to ban gay clubs, demonstrations and any and all of these disgusting relations,’ he said. ‘I received a reply that Kazakhstan had no such law.’ Smaiyl is planning to lobby the adoption of the law in September, saying all of his voters are supporting him on his campaign. He said he will raise the issue with the Social-Cultural Developmental Committee of the Majilis first, and then talk to the entire

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Interview: Lack Of Data On Gay Men Impedes HIV Fight In Central Asia

| May 6th, 2013 | Comments Off

In recent years, the countries of Central Asia have experienced some of the fastest growing rates of HIV infection in the world. One of the key populations at risk is men who have sex with men (MSM).owever, an acute lack of data on the health of that population — due in large part to intense stigmatization of homosexuality – may be obscuring the region’s HIV epidemic, according to a recently published paper co-authored by Alisher Latypov, a Tajikistan-born researcher with Columbia University’s Global Health Research Center of Central Asia. The paper presents a rare overview of what’s known, and unknown, about infection rates among men who have sex with men across the region. RFE/RL correspondent Richard Solash spoke with Latypov about his findings. RFE/RL: As far as researchers know, how prevalent is HIV among men who have sex with men in Central Asia? Alisher Latypov: According to findings of biobehavioral

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Gay Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan News & Reports 2011

| May 30th, 2011 | Comments Off

Gay Middle East Web Site More information about Islam & Homosexuality al-fatiha-news Middle East Youth These Everyday Humiliations: Violence Against Lesbians, Bisexual Women, and Transgender Men Gay Islam discussion groups: Muslim Gay Men     LGBT muslim Queer Jihad           Bi-muslims Trans-muslims       Lesbian muslims 1 Gay Activists in Central Asia Train Professional Defenders 4/11 2 New Gender Marker Law Near Reality in Kyrgrzstan11/11 April 20, 2011 – Rainbow News (Translated from Russian) 1 Gay Activists in Central Asia Train Professional Defenders Activists from the gay community in Kyrgyzstan with the support of international organizations to prepare professional human rights activists. Yesterday and today in Bishkek hosts job training, entitled "Cooperation with government agencies. " Provide activists with a basic knowledge of human rights and learn ways to use it for the good of the community of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people – this is the main objective of the project. As we’ve

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The 2nd International LGBT festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan

| December 6th, 2010 | Comments Off

The 2nd International LGBT festival “The Right to Love” was held in Almaty. It was organized by association “Amulet.” Two days of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people acquainted with the works of artists, photographers, dance groups, star transvestite and vocal genre. The festival was released on the Analects, “The Right to Love.” Honorary participants in the project were photographers Lida Mikhailova (Russia), Andrei Lyankevich (Belarus), Boris Modylevsky (Israel), the artist Ani Tsertsvadze (Georgia). In the day program queer festival included screenings, discussion club, “work-shop” “self-acceptance, and much more. “The purpose of the International LGBT Festival” The Right to Love “- as they say Gay.Ru its organizers – to activate the civil representatives of the positions queer community for protection of their rights and interests.” Recall LGBT organization “Amulet” in Kazakhstan since 2008, and as an initiative group was founded in 2005. “Amulet” provides the LGBT citizens of legal, psychological

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High-Level Conference on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination, Astana, 29-30 June 2010

| June 8th, 2010 | Comments Off

Welcome Media advisory: High-level OSCE conference in Astana on tolerance and non-discrimination to take place in the end of June This High-Level Conference on Tolerance and Non-Discrimination is being hosted by the Kazakh OSCE Chairmanship in the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation (the Pyramid) in Astana on 29-30 June 2010. See below for the conference information package in English. Information is available on the website of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in English and in Russian. The conference will be preceded by a Civil Society Preparatory Meeting on 28 June on the same premises. For more information, see the TANDIS link on the right. Conference information: Agenda, timetable and organizational modalities PDF English View as HTML: English Information package PDF English Source – OSCE ConferencePosted from Astana, Akmola Province, Kazakhstan.

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Gays stage public action in Kazakhstan

| June 3rd, 2010 | Comments Off

Seven gay men staged a “flashmob” in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on May 17 in conjunction with IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. They gathered near the KazakhTelecom building and handed out flyers and released rainbow balloons into the sky. A report from the participants said other gay people watched the action unfold “from afar.” by Rex Wockner Source – GLTPosted from Astana, Akmola Province, Kazakhstan.

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The Gay Scene in Russia and Kazakhstan

| August 6th, 2009 | Comments Off

Having served in Peace Corps in both western Russia and Kazakhstan, I feel that I can make a few general statements about the gay scene and community in these two countries and give advice for success as a gay Peace Corps Volunteer in this part of the world. Our Pre-Service Training (PST) in Russia was held in a Moscow suburb, and my work site was located about 90 minutes from St. Petersburg, so I guess you could say that I had the epicenters of Russian gay culture at my disposal. I went to a few gay clubs in Moscow during PST, and I quickly realized how small, yet close-knit, the gay community there was. Everyone seemed to know one another or had dated one another at some point. The clubs and bars almost carried with them a ‘Cheers’ sort of attitude — a place where everyone knows your name. Over

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Confusion over Kazakhstan’s first ever Pride parade

| June 13th, 2008 | Comments Off

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Association in Kazakhstan has announced it intends to hold a parade in the city of Almaty on June 21st. However, a city official said the announcement is either a hoax or “a provocative scheme.” Sergei Kuyanov, the press secretary of the municipal administration, told Interfax news agency: “(We) have received no request for official permission for a gay parade in Almaty from any sexual minority. In view of the fact that there will be school leaving celebrations in Almaty on June 21st, this information is either a provocative scheme or an information hoax.” The LGBT Association said they hoped the event would help promote tolerance towards their community. Kazakhstan General Newswire reports that people from Turkey, Ukraine and Moldova are expected to take part. The LGBT Association plans a concert in a city square and said condoms and information would be distributed. The central

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Being Gay in Kazakhstan–a Personal Plea

| September 6th, 2007 | Comments Off

I tel u the truth–being gay in Kazakhstan, one of the leading Muslim countries, is terrible. I mean, if u r not straight, u r nothing, at least. The worst part is that I am being prosecuted, threatened and bullied every time. For now, I am in the USA right now: I am studying here. I want to legalize here, so I need information about gay life in Kazakhstan –legal information describing the bad ill-treatment of gays in Kazakhstan. I’ve been living in KZ since I was born there, from 14 years I began experiencing problems abvout being gay. The Kazakh culture, Muslim culture, is dominated by what the Koran says– that being gay is not acceptable and is a sin. There were some cases when gays were punished for such relationships, just for being gay. As to me, I was beaten several times, threatened to be killed and many

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