Queer people in the Caucasus face a number of challenges — discrimination, physical and sexual abuse, and blackmail. For months, activists have watched in horror the persecution of gay men in Chechnya; however, their lives had already been in danger for some time. OC Media spoke to a transgender woman from Grozny, who shared some of her experiences and talked with us about what is happening in the republic. [Read more…]
Two queer men have been attacked in Kakheti, western Georgia. They allege that they were attacked ‘on the grounds of homophobia’.
From 15–21 May, Armenian activists are holding a series of open and closed events to mark International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, which is observed internationally on 17 May.
Queer rights activists successfully marked International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on 17 May in Tbilisi, under heavy police presence. Meanwhile, priests and supporters of Georgia’s Orthodox Church took to the city’s central streets to mark ‘Family Purity Day’. The day passed largely without violence. [Read more…]
In the North Caucasus, queer people often feel the need to hide their sexual orientation, even fearing for their lives. Many move to other parts of Russia, to avoid the pressures of society and to live in relative freedom. OC Media spoke to three queer Daghestanis about life as a queer person from Daghestan, and coming out to friends and family. Their names have been changed.
Authorities in Chechnya have found no evidence of oppression of queer men in the republic, Russian news agency Interfax reported, quoting Interior Minister Ruslan Alkhanov. The Ministry also intends to sue Novaya Gazeta, the newspaper which broke the story, for ‘spreading non–fact-checked information’, he said.
News of this April’s mass detentions, arrests, and murders of Chechnya’s gay and bisexual population has spread around the globe. While Chechen and federal authorities categorically deny all reports of this persecution, the mass media is filled with stories of men who managed to flee Chechnya. These events have pushed the Chechen people to contemplate the unstable place of their nation in the world.
When discussing queer topics, Azerbaijan’s media throws the most basic journalistic ethics completely out of the window. Instead of reporting objectively, the media spreads hate and discrimination, and is a tool of the country’s propaganda. [Read more…]