Two teenagers have committed suicide in Azerbaijan, reportedly after facing homophobic pressure. Nefes LGBT Azerbaijan Alliance, a local rights group, reported on 14 November that the reason behind both deaths was pressure from their families and others. [Read more…]
Tbilisi City Court has sentenced a man to six months in prison for attacking a transgender woman, ruling it a hate crime. [Read more…]
A number of Georgian football players and officials have joined Guram Kashia in support of queer rights in Georgia. Far-right groups have rallied in response, against what they term ‘gay propaganda’. [Read more…]
A Georgian transgender woman is appealing to Tbilisi City Court to have her gender changed in official documents without undergoing sex reassignment surgery. [Read more…]
Last month, reports emerged of the mass detention of queer people in Azerbaijan. OC Media spoke to one of the men caught up in the roundup, and a number of activists offering assistance. They tell of illegal arrests, humiliation, and even torture, as authorities continue to apply pressure. [Read more…]
An openly lesbian woman is running for Tbilisi City Council in the upcoming local self-government elections. [Read more…]
Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili has called for more tolerance towards queer people in Georgia, as well as for religious, and ethnic minorities. [Read more…]
Senior Chechen military commander Abduzayd Vismuradov, who has been accused of involvement in the abduction, torture, and killing of queer men in Chechnya, visited Germany and the Netherlands in early September. His visit has raised questions over the EU’s visa policy towards people suspected of committing human rights abuses.
The Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee of Georgia’s Parliament has pledged to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The committee’s 2017–2018 Action Plan was unveiled on 1 September by the head of the committee, Sopho Kiladze, alongside representatives from the EU delegation to Georgia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). [Read more…]
Authorities in a number of cities in Krasnodar Krai have rejected a request to hold queer pride parades and street rallies. A number of local queer rights activists have been critical of the request, arguing that it could jeopardise their work.