Online hatred against LGBT community in Uzbekistan

Anti-gay laws allow hate to spread online, as the LGBT community in Uzbekistan knows well.

Uzbekistan is located east of the Caspian Sea, between Kazakhstan to the north and Turkmenistan to the south. (Map courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin)

The Rainbow Digest from ILGA Europe reports:

Hatred against LGBT community in Uzbekistan on YouTube

In August, LGBTI activists in Uzbekistan issued a warning about hate speech coming from a homophobic blogger who produced a YouTube video condemning LGBT people.

On his YouTube channel, blogger Doston Shuxratovich spreads hatred against LGBT people, names LGBT dating platforms on social media and urges his blog readers to “catch gays and lesbians” and beat them up.

Shuxratovich not only spreads hatred of LGBT people, but also calls for a change in Uzbekistan’s constitution so it would become a conservative Islamic state where LGBT people would not be tolerated.

Since same-sex relations in Uzbekistan are criminalised, LGBTI activists cannot reach out to the police to file complaints against the blogger.

This report from Rainbow Digest has been modestly edited.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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