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February 4, 2014

Andrey Ozerny, a 24-year-writer from Sochi, Russia, has written an open letter to the official urging him to open his mind

Dear Anatoly Nikolayevich Pakhomov, the Mayor of Sochi,

I omitted the 'honorable' on purpose – as I have ever felt any respect for you.

Recently in one of your crazy interviews with BBC, you said that there are no gays in the city of Sochi.

At least, you personally didn’t know of any and thought that 'it' was not accepted in the Caucasus.

Of course, you often amuse us with statements that are familiar to us because we know you.

August 9, 2013

Authorities in the former Soviet state cite defects as their reason for withdrawing a proposed ban of gay and lesbian sexual relationships

Armenian officials have retired a bill banning gay and lesbian sexual relationships just days after it was submitted.

Gay Star News reported yesterday Armenian authorities drafted a controversial bill to ban ‘non-traditional sexual relationships’

Officials reportedley felt the need to protect ‘the model of the traditional Armenian family’ against ‘phenomena alien to national Armenian mentality’.

August 8, 2013

Armenia has become the latest former Soviet state to seek to ban discussion of non-heterosexual relationships in a move by police

Armenia's police have proposed a ban on promoting ‘non-traditional sexual relationships’ in the Southern Caucasus nation.

The proposed amendments to Armenia’s administrative offenses law which GSN has seen were placed on the website of Armenia's national police last week.

The police have drafted a proposed Article 47.7 to the Administrative Violations Code which would see Armenian citizens, legal entities and officials fined by up to $4,000 for promoting so-called ‘non-traditional sexual relationships.’

June 1, 2012

Azerbaijan rejects Iran's allegation that an imaginary gay parade was cancelled as lies

Azerbaijan has accused Iran of lying over Iranian claims the Azeri government was forced to cancel a gay parade during the Eurovision Song Contest last weekend.

As Azerbaijan hosted the camp Eurovision, Iran used false rumors of a 'gay parade' to be held in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku, in at attempt to discredit the secular Azeri regime as 'un-Islamic'.

But yesterday (31 May) Ali Hasanov, adviser to President of Azerbaijan, condemned Iran's intervention as 'lies'.

May 24, 2012

Tehran's ambassador recalled from Azerbaijan as tensions escalate over rumors of a gay parade at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku

Iran has recalled its ambassador from Azerbaijan over rumors of a gay pride event during the Eurovision Song Contest.

The envoy for consultations in Tehran was withdrawn from Azerbaijan's capital Baku after the two neighboring countries accused each other of meddling in each other's affairs.

May 17, 2012

Azerbaijani group say 'no place in Azerbaijan for immoral gays'

Prominent Eurovison website, esctoday.com and other fan sites have been hacked today in an apparent anti-gay cyber attack.

The group behind the attack claim that Eurovision, the prominent European song contest which is coming to Azerbaijan over the next week, backs gay pride.

May 14, 2012

Homophobic Muslims take to streets of two cities in Iran, furious at rumors of a gay pride event during the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan

Angry homophobes took to the streets of two Iranian cities on Friday (11 May) to protest rumors of a gay pride event during next week's Eurovision Song Contest in neighboring Azerbaijan.

The kitsch European pop tournament will begin in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus, on 22 May, with the grand final held on 26 May.

In January, gay scene website nighttours.com suggested that a gay pride could take place in the city during the lead-up to Eurovision, but removed the article a few days later.

May 14, 2012

Homophobic Muslims take to streets of two cities in Iran, furious at rumors of a gay pride event during the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan

Angry homophobes took to the streets of two Iranian cities on Friday (11 May) to protest rumors of a gay pride event during next week's Eurovision Song Contest in neighboring Azerbaijan.

The kitsch European pop tournament will begin in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus, on 22 May, with the grand final held on 26 May.

In January, gay scene website nighttours.com suggested that a gay pride could take place in the city during the lead-up to Eurovision, but removed the article a few days later.

May 4, 2012

Rumors of a gay pride during this year Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan have been met with angry rhetoric from southern neighbor Iran

Iran has criticised its neighboring country of Azerbaijan, appearing to believe rumors that a gay pride will be part of the Eurovision Song Contest there this month.

The kitsch European pop tournament will be held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus on 22 May.

In January, nighttours.com, a website for listing and news about the international gay scene suggested that gay pride could take place in Baku during the lead-up to Eurovision content, but removed the article a few days later.

May 4, 2012

Rumors of a gay pride during this year Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan have been met with angry rhetoric from southern neighbor Iran

Iran has criticised its neighboring country of Azerbaijan, appearing to believe rumors that a gay pride will be part of the Eurovision Song Contest there this month.

The kitsch European pop tournament will be held in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in the Caucasus on 22 May.

In January, nighttours.com, a website for listing and news about the international gay scene suggested that gay pride could take place in Baku during the lead-up to Eurovision content, but removed the article a few days later.