Issues of internalized homophobia and its impact on health and lives of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in 13 countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (CEECA) will be reviewed in a new survey by the Eurasian Coalition on Male Health (ECOM). The survey is intended to […]

In addition to ECOM’s involvement in advocacy activities with the Global Fund, representatives of ECOM have attended a number of conference and meetings during 2015 devoted to different issues related to HIV, human rights, and other issues affecting the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Gennady Roshchupkin at the 4th National Conference of […]

In a report adopted last week on the EU’s relationship with Central Asia, the European Parliament has made a strong call to respect democracy, the rule of law and human rights, including the rights of LGBTI people, in the region. The report highlights the parliament’s concern over freedom of the media, freedom of expression, and freedom of […]

ECOM continues with its series of interviews with community activists from EECA countries. This time we discussed the situation of trans*people in Kazakhstan with Iskander Xanov, a representative of the organization AlmaTQ. What are AlmaTQ’s activities? We are an initiative that deals with advocacy support for trans*people in Kazakhstan. Our organization is made up of […]

Tallinn, Estonia. 25 March 2015. Men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people (TG) are not involved in strategic discussions around HIV in most nations of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). Lack of reliable epidemiological data, high stigma, and policies that restrict the access of MSM and TG to information on HIV, […]

A recent Buzzfeed article examines Kazakhstan’s proposed bill that aims to protect minors from psychologically harmful material.  Within the bill, a clause banning information on “non-traditional sexual orientations” threatens to make the proposed bill a “gay propaganda” ban, similar to the one in force in Russia.  The full article is available on Buzzfeed’s website:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/susiearmitage/kazakhstan-may-soon-have-a-gay-propaganda-ban-of-its-own#.qs2L7BrZr

The Parliament of Kazakhstan is discussing bills on the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development. Among other things, these bills contain a ban on the distribution of information about non-traditional sexual orientations to minors. EKOM believes that these laws are contrary to their goal of protecting children. Rather, they actually […]