• Red.
  • 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?

  • Red.
  • As being gay is illegal, there are no anti-discrimination protections in place.

Is there marriage equality?

  • Red.
  • There is no recognition of same-sex relationships.

What’s it like for LGBTI who live there?

  • Red.
  • Being gay is illegal and punishable by imprisonment.

What’s it like for LGBTI who visit?

  • Red.
  • It is illegal to be gay in Uzbekistan.
  • Proceed with extreme caution.

Overall rating and comments

  • Red.
  • 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.