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Azerbaijan Keeps Aiming High with World Expo Bid

Azerbaijan’s appetite for the grandiose shows no signs of satiation, as it...

Uzbekistan: Gay Couple Arrested for Engaging in Illegal Relations

Two gay men have been arrested in Uzbekistan and face charges of...

Azerbaijan: Detentions End but Pressure on LGBT Community Continues

In mid-October, the mother of Nura, a transgender woman from a conservative...

Georgia: Athletes, Politicians Back Soccer Player’s Support for LGBT Rights

Georgian soccer player Guram Kashia faces an outcry at home over his...

Tajikistan: LGBT Registry Sparks Outrage

Authorities in Tajikistan have reportedly compiled a registry of hundreds of people...

Officials: Azerbaijan Releases Detainees from LGBT Crackdown

Azerbaijan’s authorities have released all of the gay and transgender people detained...

Azerbaijan: Scale of LGBT Persecution Is Rising – Lawyer

On September 22, a 19-year-old man, an aspiring fashion designer who currently...

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom

Ukraine is trying to fight back against Russian influence with a new...

Police Arrest Dozens of Gay Azerbaijanis After Reported Raids

Police have detained dozens of gay and transsexual people in Azerbaijan following...

Kazakhstan: Authorities Scrap Rainbow Wall Over Suspicions of LGBT Propaganda

Officials in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe thought it might be...

Constitutional Reform Raises the Question: What Does Georgian Dream Stand For?

Georgia’s governing party, Georgian Dream, is using the commanding victory it won...

Russian-Speaking LGBT Community Shows Pride

Vulnerable to persecution in Russia and other states in Eurasia, Russian-speaking members...

Armenia: Is Concern About Domestic Violence a Liberal Value?

Legislation aimed at preventing domestic violence in Armenia has been scuttled after...

Kyrgyzstan’s Referendum: A Vote for Continuity and Tradition

Kyrgyzstan’s voters will head again to the polling stations this weekend for...

Georgia: Courts Appear Reluctant to Tackle Hate Crimes

Fatima Romanova wears an understated black shirt and brown pants, but a...

Georgia: Liberal Values Suffer Setback

Intolerance appears to have the upper hand in an ongoing food fight...

Georgia: Attack on Vegan Café Opens New Front in Culture War

Sausage is the new weapon of choice in a simmering culture war...

Kyrgyzstan: Anti-LGBT Bill Hits the Buffers

A draft bill in Kyrgyzstan aimed at marginalizing lesbian, gay, bisexual and...

Georgia: A Fight Over Family on Family Day

Rockford, Illinois is 5,959 miles (9,590 kilometers) and a total mindset away...

Georgia: A “Family” Gathering Commemorates an Anti-Gay Riot

An anti-LGBTQ conference provides ecumenical and political unity among American, Georgian and...

Russia: Young, Russian, Gay, and Pro-Putin

Why do many Russian LGBTQ members support Putin’s presidency?...

Kyrgyzstan’s Beacon of Tolerance Under Threat From Manufactured Kremlin Homophobia

We knock again, hard. But still there is no sound of anyone...

Forgotten Revolutionaries

Ukraine’s LGBT community depends on the West to defend their rights....

Georgia: Project Aims to Boost Orthodox Church’s Support for EU Integration

Many proponents of European Union integration tend to see the Georgian Orthodox...

Russia: The Absent Activists

Silicon Valley’s extraordinarily wealthy and powerful companies, which have advocated forcefully for...

Armenia: Using Prisoners to Intimidate Rights Activists?

In an earlier age, dissidents and political activists could be treated somewhat...

Georgia Considers Constitutional Change to Block Same-Sex Marriage

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has announced a campaign to change Georgia’s...

LGBT in Russia: Legal Circuses

Kafkaesque legal wranglings against activists have succeeded in shutting down a gay...

Screening ‘Sodom’

On May 27, 2015, Russ­ian celebrity jour­nal­ist and film di­rec­tor Arkady Ma­mon­tov...

Politics and Repression

How longtime Russian political activists are often overlooked in the West....

Russia’s Invisible Children

How one outreach forum for LGBT teens has been forced to adapt...

Gay Marriage Lawsuit Launched in Georgia

In a first for the Caucasus, a Georgian man has filed a...

Uzbekistan: Karimov Calls Homosexuality Vile Western Phenomenon

Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov has joined in with the chorus of gay-bashing...

No Room for Humor

How one journalist used satire to cover the 2013 Russian law against...

Georgia Divided over “Blasphemy Bill”

Georgia has moved ahead with plans to make religious irreverence punishable by...

What Does Azerbaijan’s Crackdown Look Like From the Inside?

It has been a year since Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was...

Russian Applications for U.S. Asylum Skyrocket in 2015

The number of new U.S. asylum applications by Russians has reached its...

Report Details Decline of Church-State Separation in Orthodox States

A report published October 28 by a London-based think tank analyzes efforts...

Fired Teacher Not Alone as Gay Activists Push Back in St. Petersburg

In November, Anastasia was a well-respected teacher giving music classes at a...

Azerbaijan: Shorts Spark Long Public Debate

The cultural fault line that seems to divide the West and many...

Disappointment for Almaty as Winter Olympics go to Beijing

There was disappointment in Almaty as it lost out to Beijing in...

Turkey: Parliamentary Elections Give Ethnic Armenians Political Voice

The results of Turkey’s June 7 parliamentary elections denied a majority to...

Kazakhstan Strikes Down ‘Gay Propaganda’ Law After Olympics Outcry

Kazakhstan’s Constitutional Council has struck down a controversial law that would have...

Georgia: Peaceful LGBT Rights Day Proof of a "Civilized State"

Many in Georgia heaved a collective sigh of relief after pro-LGBT rights...

Kyrgyzstan’s Security Agents Intimidating Uzbek Minority, Activists Say

As President Almazbek Atambayev was trumpeting Kyrgyzstan’s democratization potential during a late...

'We Want a Voice': Women Fight for Their Rights in the Former USSR

Women had stood shoulder to shoulder with men in the Russian Revolution...

Kyrgyzstan Exiles Leading News Site

Kyrgyzstan’s government has de facto blocked a popular and hard-hitting news website...

Kyrgyzstan: Criminal Probe Has Rights Activists on Alert

Civil society activists in Kyrgyzstan are warily eyeing a criminal case initiated...

Armenia: Court Rules Tabloid Can Publish Gay Blacklist

An Armenian court on October 30 rejected a complaint against a newspaper...

Kyrgyzstan's Anti-Gay Bill: Just Following in Russia's Footsteps?

In early 2013, shortly after the Russian Duma approved a bill outlawing...

Kazakhstan Court Awards Massive Damages over Same-Sex Kiss Poster

The 19th-century Kazakh and Russian cultural icons depicted enjoying a kiss on...

Kyrgyzstan’s Anti-Gay Bill to Outlaw Homosexuality, Activists Say


Vaguely worded anti-gay legislation in Kyrgyzstan could send a reporter to jail...

Number of Russian Asylum Seekers to U.S. Spikes in Wake of 'Antigay' Law

WASHINGTON -- U.S. asylum applications from Russian nationals have jumped 15 percent...

With Decisive Vote, Kyrgyzstan Moves to Adopt Russia-Style Anti-Gay Law

Lawmakers in Kyrgyzstan have voted overwhelmingly to adopt a tougher version of...

Azerbaijan: ‘Family Is the First Fear’ of LGBT Community 

The 19-year-old Azerbaijani man claims he awoke one morning in mid-August to...

Do Trolls Matter?

Like many people with access to the Internet and a holster full...

Explainer: With Brazil's World Cup Over, All Eyes Now On Russia

Soccer's 2014 FIFA World Cup came to an exciting conclusion on July...

Georgia’s "Invisible" Gay Community Protests Silently

Opting against a public protest, Georgia’s gay community instead staged a “invisible”...

Georgia Bracing for Trouble on Anti-Homophobia Day

With the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, already on tenterhooks for May 17, the...

Georgia Reluctantly Passes Anti-Discrimination Bill

Banning bigotry toward sexual minorities is no small event in socially conservative...

Prayer and Protest against Georgia’s So-Called "Gay Law"

A group of Georgian Orthodox priests has threatened to curse those lawmakers...

Georgia to Consider a Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Hovering on the brink of closer ties with the European Union, Georgia...

Azerbaijan´s Illiberal Opposition

A common assumption among Western observers is that political opponents of authoritarian...

Crimea: World Cup Own-Goal for Kremlin?

Could 2018 become the new 1980? It might, if recent initiatives aiming...

Kyrgyzstan Sees Homophobic Backlash after Report on Gay Abuse

A detailed report accusing Kyrgyzstan’s police of systematically abusing and extorting money...

EU to Georgia: Gay Marriage Not a Requirement for Integration

With the Ukrainian crisis in mind, the top European Union official in...

Azerbaijan: Suicide Brings LGBT Community Out of the Closet

The suicide of a gay rights activist in Azerbaijan is prompting the...

Kyrgyzstan: Gay Men Face Rampant Police Abuse – Report

Gay and bisexual men in Kyrgyzstan are routinely subject to violence, sexual...

Freedom House Cites 'Serious Setbacks' In Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan

The U.S.-based rights watchdog Freedom House says Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan...

Azerbaijan: Prominent Gay Rights Activist Commits Suicide

“I am going away: this world and this country are not for...

Kazakhstan's Parliament to Mull Sanctions Against “Lesbianism”

Kazakhstan’s parliament is to discuss the possibility of introducing legal sanctions against...

Russia's Gay-Friendly Schoolteachers In The Crosshairs

Russia's escalating campaign against homosexuals has reached high schools, with at least...

Kazakhstan: Gay Rights Debate Heats Up Amid Homophobic Outbursts

Homophobic rhetoric is on the rise in Kazakhstan, and members of the...

Armenia: Police Scrap Proposed Anti-"Gay-Propaganda" Bill

Apparently taking a cue from Armenia's closest ally, Russia, the Armenian police...

Russian Speakers Celebrate LGBT Pride – in New York

They carried banners advertising a virtual tweet-march through Moscow, where a real...

The Big Chill: Critics Say Kremlin Waging A War On Ideas

It's not a great time to be a freethinker in Russia....

Georgia: Constitutional Court to Hear Suit on Gay Blood Donation Prohibition

A lawsuit challenging a ban on gay blood donations arrived at Georgia’s...

Georgia’s XXX Files

Sexual abuse and secretly recorded sex videos have been a disturbing component...

Georgia: Anti-LGBT Rampage Exposes Frustrations with the West

Georgia may be touted as the most pro-Western country in the South...

Kazakhstan: Parliament Becomes Scene of Homophobic Rants

Kazakhstan’s self-appointed morality police are taking on the gay and lesbian community:...

Georgia: LGBT Rally Participants Recollect Mob Attack

On May 17, hundreds of Georgian protesters, assembled by Georgian Orthodox Church...

Georgia: Police Press Charges against Priests for LGBT Rally Attack

Georgian police on May 23 pressed charges against two priests for participating...

Georgia: Where Does the Church End and the State Begin?

In the aftermath of the May 17 mob rampage against gay-rights activists...

Georgia Photos: Religious Mob Attacks LGBT Activists

Shouting “Kill them! Tear them to pieces!” a mob of several thousand...

Georgia: Violent Mob Mars LGBT Rally

A raging mob in Tbilisi chased away a downtown rally designed to...

Georgia: Angry Mob Scuttles Anti-Homophobia Rally

A raging mob in Tbilisi chased away a downtown rally designed to...

Armenia: A Blurry Line in Yerevan Between Hate Crime and Defense of “National Interests”

Reactions to a recent arson attack on a gay-friendly bar in Yerevan...

Gay Rights in the Caucasus: Beatings, Arson and Eurovision

It was rainbow flags versus black cassocks in Tbilisi yesterday, the May...

Turkey: Film “Zenne Dancer” Examines Risks of Disclosing Sexual Identity

A critically acclaimed film in Turkey about the murder of a gay...

Eurovision in Baku: Can Azerbaijan Handle the Gay Dimension of European Pop?

With performers from all over Europe getting ready to descend on Baku...

Tajikistan: LGBT Community Stuck in the Shadows

Like many 28-year-olds in Tajikistan, Parviz is married. He and his wife...

Turkey: LGBT Rights Movement Gaining Strength

With an annual gay pride march planned for this weekend and a...

Mongolia: LGBT Activists Cheered by Potential Gay Rights Gain

When 25-year-old Zaya first discussed her attraction for women with her sister...