The report features interviews with over 40 gay and bisexual men. One of them had been arrested and accused of distributing pornography.
“As it happened, the parents of my boyfriend found out about us, he was also beaten up and we were thus separated. We were together for over a year and a half. Then my relatives found out about me from a newspaper and they also disowned me. Practically all my friends who didn’t know (about me being gay) also disowned me. I lost my job. The only person who stood up for me was my mum,” said Mikhail, tried for distributing pornography.
The day Human Rights Watch released the report, the acting highest Islamic authority in the country, condemned same sex relationships.
It quoted Maksat Hajji Toktomushev, acting Grand Mufti as saying: “God created a man and a woman for children can be born. Without it people will leave nobody after them. If a man, even a non-religious one, has even a little bit of wisdom, he won’t do it. Even animals don’t do it. Why does this debate even take place, if one respects mankind? Therefore I want to say decisively, whether you like it or not, this is forbidden both by Sharia and by our law.”
Although consensual sex between men was legalized less than 20 years ago, homosexuality is still viewed as a sin. This makes the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community a target for possible abuse. Especially after last year’s anti-gay legislation passed in Russia, which remains a strong economic supporter of the Central Asian republic. The law passed last June bans “homosexual propaganda,” a measure that has been widely criticized by human rights groups, reports jn1.tv.