This was not always the case in Bishkek.
LGBT rights in Kyrgyzstan
The bill is still awaiting its third and final reading before being enacted into law, but it emboldened radical nationalist movements such as Kalys and Kyrk Choro, who have adopted violent means to defend an ultraconservative concept of Kyrgyz values. Homosexuality tends to be viewed as immoral or disordered. Then, a nationalist group leader called, telling us we would regret going ahead. They resurfaced last year, and in March I returned to Bishkek to meet a new generation of activists who, amidst the confusion and hostility, are fighting to make Kyrgyzstan more open to diversity of gender and sexuality. But since the legislation was introduced, a lot of the population knows what the LGBT community is. LGBT rights in Asia.
Archived from the original PDF on 19 July Init passed its second reading. The situation is not much better in Kazakhstan, where many LGBT people choose to conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity for fear of reprisal. This might be a step towards the social issues affecting the LGBTQI community in Kyrgyzstan, and the wider region, being better understood in the West and, it is hoped, receiving greater international support. But activists are fighting back. Use dmy dates from January All stub articles.