Tag: kazakhstan gay rights

Adam Rippon leads tributes for Olympic figure skater stabbed to death

Denis Ten was only 25 years old The figure skating world is in mourning after thieves murdered 25-year-old Olympic figure skater, Denis Ten. The Olympic medallist was stabbed to death in Almaty, Kazakhstan after reportedly trying to stop men from stealing his car mirrors. He was taken to hospital with severe bleeding where he died… Read more »

Anti-‘gay propaganda’ bill blocked in Kazakhstan

Opponents of human rights for LGBTI people in Kazakhstan suffered a setback last week, as the nation’s Constitutional Council blocked enactment of a Russian-style anti-“gay propaganda” bill. The council announced on May 26 that it rejected the bill last week on the grounds that it contained “vague and ambiguous definitions and terms.” Last August, the… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

Kazakhstan gay bar poster wins award but sparks outrage

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… Read more »

Gay club advert sparks controversy in Kazakhstan

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… Read more »