Is it legal to be gay?
- Under the penal code of Uzbekistan, same-sex sexual activity between men is punishable by imprisonment up to three years.
- There is no mention of same-sex sexual activity between women, so by default this is not illegal.
Is there anti-discrimination legislation in place?
- As being gay is illegal, there are no anti-discrimination protections in place.
Is there marriage equality?
- There is no recognition of same-sex relationships.
What’s it like for LGBTI who live there?
- Being gay is illegal and punishable by imprisonment.
What’s it like for LGBTI who visit?
- It is illegal to be gay in Uzbekistan.
- Proceed with extreme caution.
- Uzbekistan is not a comfortable place if you are gay.
- You’re going to have to live a deeply closeted life, with the fear of exposure ever-present.
How you can help
- Find ways to help publicise the stories and experiences of LGBTI people in Uzbekistan.
- Use your networks to raise awareness of the challenges faced by LGBTI people in Uzbekistan.
- Lobby your political representatives to raise concerns regarding Uzbekistan’s criminalisation of same-sex sexual activities through any available diplomatic channels.
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