The Calvert Journal decided to try to go beyond narrow discourses of 'homophobic eastern Europe' to reveal the rich queer history of these countries, as well as the current plight and resistance of their LGBT communities, giving a voice to people. Kok.team answered on questions about situation in Kazakhstan
This summer the three-year term of diplomatic service of Robyn Alice McCutcheon at the US Embassy in Astana expired. Robin is an openly transgender woman who supports the LGBT community of Astana. Kok.team interviewed Robyn and asked her to sum up her work in Kazakhstan.
The new president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, is carrying out a number of liberal economic reforms, which also gives hope for changes in the social sphere. In this regard, the LGBT community of Kazakhstan decided to show solidarity and ask Shavkat Miromonovich to display humanism, abolish the criminal article for sodomy in Uzbekistan
On March, 1, we have launched Kok.team – informational and analytical web portal about gays, lesbians and bisexuals in Kazakhstan. This independent platform is to publish articles dedicated to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and issues they face in their everyday lives, and relevant researches.
The current situation of LGB (Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals) in Kazakhstan many will find convenient: the majority of people hold on tight to keeping it as it is. Fortunately, such a position is known to be a losing one – the world is changing, Kazakhstan will change too. Sooner or later.