Tajikistan draws up registry of gay people

 

Authorities in the central Asian country of Tajikistan have drawn up a register of 367 gay individuals – 319 gay men and 48 lesbians.

State-sponsored newspaper Zakonnost said that the individuals had been put on the register “due to their vulnerability in society and for their safety and to prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases.”

The 367 people were identified following two state operations last year entitled “Morality” and “Purge”.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Tajikistan, which is mainly Muslim, but it remains a taboo.

The move is seen as part of growing anti-gay feeling across the former Soviet Union.