Sexual Orientation


The region’s rankings can’t get much lower and no one expects them to get better, either.

By Catherine Putz

June 24, 2015


January 12, 2016

By Shawn M. Gaylord

At the end of 2015 I had a chance to meet with several LGBT activists from Tajikistan. Most Americans know little about this Central Asian nation, which is situated between China and Afghanistan and strongly influenced by Russia. Tajikistan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community faces pervasive homophobia in their everyday lives.


September 17, 2016

In recent years, the countries of Central Asia have experienced some of the fastest growing rates of HIV infection in the world. One of the key populations at risk is men who have sex with men (MSM).


May 11, 2016

Lesbian, gay and transgender people say they're feeling the impact of a proposed law preventing discussion of LGBT issues in the Central Asian nation that is closely allied with Russia. Gay people in Kyrgyzstan say the legislation has led to an increase in homophobia and hate crimes against their community.


Mar 3, 2016

TBILISI, DFWatch–A new report published by the Council of Europe (CoE) highlights persisting issues of hate speech, racism, xenophobia, direct violence, and systemic discrimination in Georgia.