Gay Guide

Uzbekistan
Pink Star Rating

3

Capital

Tashkent

Other Main Cities/Resorts

Samarkand, Namangan, Andizhan, Bukhara

Scene and Culture

Gay and lesbian rights are poorly respected in Uzbekistan. Gays face regular police harassment and establishments where they meet are forced to close or heavily monitored by police.There is no gay scene as such. In 2002 an openly gay journalist was put on trial on suspected trumped up charges and there has been a lot of international pressure foir him to be released. The country remains deeply homophobic. A gay group was first established in Uzbekistan in 1993 and in 2000 a gay community website was set up (See below).

Gay Age of Consent

Partly Illegal

Lesbian Age of Consent

Not mentioned in law

Legal Notes

Article 120 of the new penal code of 1995 still punishes sodomy between consenting adults with up to three years’ imprisonment. It appears that lesbian and non-penetrative gay sex between consenting adults is not explicitly mentioned as being a criminal offence.

Population

24.75 million

Currency

Sum

Climate

Uzbekistan has a hot and dry climate with long hot, dry summers and short cold winters. The best time to visit is from April to September. Average annual precipitation varies from 100 mm in the desert areas to 330 mm in the Piedmont regions. Average temperature ranges in Tashkent are from -.3c in January to 27c in July.

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