Dating agency in tashkent
Photo: A scene from the play White, White Black Stork at Tashkent’s Ilkhom theater.
The topic of homosexuality, along with domestic violence, is tabooed in the press and public discourse in Uzbekistan.
“My friends told me that I got away relatively cheaply,” says Iskander.
“Some had to give [policemen] their cars, gold and other valuables.
Over the 20-plus years since the fall of the Soviet Union, the former Soviet republics’ treatment of homosexuals has been an indicator of the state of democracy and human rights in those countries, whether homophobes and religious fundamentalists like it or not.
They met via Mamba.ru, a popular dating website, and, having exchanged a number of frivolous messages, agreed to meet at one of Tashkent’s cafes.For the case to be referred to the police, there have to be witnesses of the intercourse, or at least witnesses who saw the two men together in an apartment.From the legal standpoint, the witnesses are useless, even in Uzbekistan where justice is blind and corrupt, but from the point of view of an Uzbek gay person, it is social suicide.Not because there were no mobile phones and at that time, but because homosexuality was an integral – and often involuntary – part of men’s lives in Turkistan (a region in Central Asia inhabited mainly by Turkic peoples, including present-day Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and China’s Xinjiang – translator’s note).When in February 2012 the Uzbek government banned the already unofficial celebration of St.