Mongolia, Asia

After the breakdown of communist regimes in Eastern Europe in late 1989, Mongolia saw its own Democratic Revolution in early 1990, which led to a multi-party system, a new constitution in 1992, and the - rather rough - transition to a market economy. Mongolia is the most sparsely populated independent country in the world with a population of around 2.9 million people. It is also the world's second-largest landlocked country after Kazakhstan. The country contains very little arable land, as much of its area is covered by arid and unproductive steppes. Mongolia's economy is centered on agriculture and mining. The country has rich mineral resources, and copper, coal, molybdenum, tin, tungsten, and gold account for a large part of industrial production. Homosexuality in Mongolia has virtually no presence, no venues and no activism. There are no laws specifically against homosexuality in Mongolia, however "satisfaction of immoral sexual needs" may still be illegal. Accurate information is hard to find. However, one 2008 report said: "There are two organizations which hold monthly parties for their hundreds of members. It is all very furtive. Unfortunately someone had a hidden camera at one party and the photos found their way on to the Internet. Now people are afraid of being outed."



LGBTI in Mongolia fighting for rights and recognition

Activists and members of LGBTI community are demanding to be heard in the land of Genghis Khan, a nation that used to be tolerant Anaraa Nyamdorj has been born thrice. The first time was 40 years ago, in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, when “I was born in a female body”. Nyamdorj says that once… Read more »

Inside Mongolia’s Only Gay Bar

At the only gay bar in the most sparsely populated independent country in the world, Zorig Alima tells me he’s a “penis shaman.” The proprietor of d.d/h.z says he can confidently predict men’s penis sizes and sexual predilections. He gives my companion a disputable “reading,” and dashes away to tend to friends and customers, explaining,… Read more »

How many MSM with HIV are there in Ulaanbaatar?

Since the identification of its first HIV case in 1992, Mongolia has had continued low prevalence of HIV. According to MOHS sources, as of May 2016, Mongolia had a cumulative number of 212 identified cases of HIV. Mongolian men who have sex with men and transgender people bear the brunt of these cases. The 2014… Read more »

Gay Mongolia: Discover Mongolia’s Only Gay Bar

During our travels in Mongolia, we spent a lot of time in the capital city, Ulan Bator during the popular Naadam festival, where we discovered a subtle gay scene. Despite being a very traditionally conservative country, we found Mongolia’s only gay bar called Hanzo, which has since rebranded and re opened (from June 2015) under… Read more »

Being LGBT in Asia: Mongolia Country Report

Summary Being LGBT in Asia: Mongolia Country Report provides an overview of LGBT rights in Mongolia including the current challenges facing and opportunities available for LGBT organizations and individuals in the country. The report encompasses the major discussions, findings, and recommendations from the Mongolia National LGBT Community Dialogue held in Ulaanbaatar in March 2014. The… Read more »

Mongolian LGBT community skeptical over anti-discriminatory law reforms

Ulaanbaatar: The Mongolian government has begun reforms of the country’s legal system to prevent discrimination but the LGBT community and rights activists remains skeptical saying it falls short of tackling hate crimes. Hate crime has emerged as a serious issue in Mongolia with numerous attacks against the country’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender population, according… Read more »

LGBT community celebrates Pride Month in Ulaanbaatar

Ulaanbaatar: The LGBT community in Mongolia is celebrating Pride Month of June with live music, open discussion on equality rights and cultural events. Three events celebrating LGBT pride were being held in the Mongolian capital of Ulaanbaatar, where half the country’s 2.7 million people live. The “LGBT Pride (‘Rainbow’) Month” events were organized with help… Read more »

Stunning Photos Explore Transgender Life In Mongolia

In Mongolia, the discrimination and violence against transgender peoples is so horrific many chose to live in the closet rather than face the persecution they may otherwise experience. In 2011 photographer Álvaro Laiz decided to capture their heartbreaking and devastatingly beautiful stories in his series “Transmongolian.” “I decided to travel to Mongolia for several reasons,”… Read more »

Sapphic Nomads: Two Santa Feans Explore Mongolia

Mongolia: Tales of a Dusty City, Friendly Nomads, And Too Much Mutton! This summer, we (Katie Cook and Maggie Young) left on a year-long journey to discover the range of LGBT experiences of people we meet around the world. Along the way, we are seeking out, meeting with, and interviewing LGBT folks. In addition to… Read more »

Gay Mongolians see flickers of progress amid fear and ostracism

LGBT community manages to grow quickly despite threats from nationalist gangs who see homosexuality as a western import On a Friday night in June, Ulan Bator’s only gay bar is a dark building in a sea of dark buildings. Its shades are drawn, its door shut tightly. But inside, the 100% Bar is flush with… Read more »

Gay men murdered in Mongolia

Two brutal murders of Gay men have shocked Mongolia’s small LGBT community. The Mongolia LGBT Center, based in Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital, identified the first victim  as ‘A Gay male of 40 to 50 years of age who went by the nickname ‘S’ in the community, a dentist  by profession who had a practice in… Read more »

Gay Mongolia News Reports 2011

1 Felipa de Souza Award Goes To …3/11 2 Murders of LGBT people 4/11 3 The Luxury Frontier 6/11 (non-gay background story)   March 2011 – Queerty 1 And IGLHRC’s Felipa de Souza Award Goes To These Wonderful Mongolian LGBT Activists The Mongolian LGBT Centre is this year’s awardee of the International Gay and Lesbian… Read more »

An LGBT Centre in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Editors’ Note: The Mongolian LGBT Centre is this year’s awardee of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission’s Felipa de Souza award, which honors human rights defenders working on LGBT rights each year at it’s a Celebration of Courage gala. Today’s guest bloggers are LGBT Advocacy Programme Manager Otgonbaatar Tsedendemberel and Youth Programme Manager… Read more »

Gay Mongolia News Reports

 (Note: our apologies for the predominance of non-gay stories here but there is very little gay news that comes from Mongolia. Meanwhile, there are other important issues in that fragile country.) 0 First Gay and Lesbian Group Opens Ulan Bator Office 6/99 1 Mongolian Sex Education 1/01 2 First Ever Hotline for/by the LBGT Community… Read more »

From Genghis Khan to the cult of the cut sleeves

I stumbled across a story today that I found interesting and thought I’d share it with our readers. Researchers have reconstructed Genghis Khan’s code of laws and found that homosexuality was punishable by death. Homosexual acts were punishable by death under Genghis Khan’s rule, according to researchers who spent more than a year compiling the… Read more »