The defense minister of Kazakhstan has declared that gay men are not welcome in the nation’s military.
In response to a question on his official blog about what happens when gay men are called up for mandatory military service, Defense Minister Adilbek Dzhaksybekov said that they are exempt because they have ‘a disorder of sexual desire’.
Dzhaksybekov said homosexuality is determined by psychiatric checks, Eurasianet reported.
A survey titled Unacknowledged and Unprotected: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Kazakhstan published by the Soros Foundation in 2010 found that although national legislation prohibits any kind of discrimination, LGBT human rights are not protected.
The world’s largest land-locked country, Kazakhstan became independent from the Soviet Union in 1991 and decriminalized homosexual sex in 1998.