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Turkmenistan: famous showman and his partner arrested for being gay.
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Turkmenistan: famous showman and his partner arrested for being gay.

Turkmenistan is not a place for LGBT+ people. We spoke about this side of the world in a recent post, but the news we keep on receiving from this area is not really encouraging. A very famous showman from Turkmenistan has been arrested last month, together with his partner and a dozen of other men around the country simply for being gay, even though police officers used the excuse of suspicion of homosexual activities. News and rumors of the gay showman’s arrest came out just a few days after we reported the horrible experience of the young man brutally beaten by police and forced to flee his country simply because he has HIV. Around the arrest of this famous Turkmen showman there is still too much unclarity, and a source told Radio Free Europe that the well-known actor had been ...
Turkmenistan: young gay man brutally beaten because he was gay and HIV positive.
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Turkmenistan: young gay man brutally beaten because he was gay and HIV positive.

Turkmenistan is not a country for gay people, and we already knew it. Life in Turkmenistan is extremely hard and threatening for the LGBT+ community, as gay and bisexual men can face up to two years of prison and where society is still living with a strong anti-gay and anti-queer feeling. This, anyhow, does not justify the horrific experience lived by a 23-year-old gay man, beaten by police, simply because he was HIV positive.  Maskat - this is the name of this young boy - spoke anonymously to RadioFreeEurope and told his story to all listeners on line in that moment.  Last December, Maksat visited a local HIV centre trying to access antiretroviral therapy. Nurses at the centre asked him to take a blood test and  to return two days later, but when he went back to the centre, he foun...
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