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posted Friday, April 13, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 15
Transgender citizens flee Kyrgyzstan for Russia
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Transgender citizens flee Kyrgyzstan for Russia

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Imagine being so afraid and so oppressed as a Trans person in your own country that you would flee to Russia for refuge.

That's exactly the fate of Trans people in Kyrgyzstan, according to BBC reporter Katie Arnold.

In 2014, Kyrgyzstan - a former Soviet republic in Central Asia - proposed a law forbidding the 'promotion of a homosexual lifestyle' in imitation of similar legislation passed in Russia.

While the proposed law is still awaiting final passage in the country's parliament, the proposal unleashed an epidemic of anti-LGBT violence that continues to this day, Arnold reports.

A survey conducted by the LGBT organization Kyrgyz Indigo in 2016 found that 84% of respondents had experienced physical violence during their lifetime, while 35% were victims of sexual violence.

'Corrective rape is common among the LGBT community but especially among the transgender community,' said a source identified only as Rudolph, a social worker at the LGBT shelter run by Kyrgyz Indigo.

Like many of the people Arnold interviewed, he preferred not to give his last name for fear of attack.

'All members of the community will become a victim at some point; we are looking after someone right now who was a recent victim of gang rape,' Rudolph added.

Most cisgender members of the LGBT community choose to remain deeply closeted, Arnold says.

'But anonymity has proved difficult for the transgender community, the majority of whom find themselves caught up in the sex industry due to discrimination in the workplace,' Arnold writes. 'It is against this backdrop of violent transphobia that many members of the community are voluntarily moving to Russia - a country renowned for its hostile attitude towards LGBT people.'

For example, one Trans woman identified as Anna used the internet to hook up with clients. But transphobic gangs often scoured the list of sex workers advertising online, looking for their next victim.

Anna was kidnapped by two such men posing as clients. They laced her beer with a sedative and then drove her deep into the Tian Shan mountains that ring Kyrgyzstan's capital city, Bishkek. When she came to, her attackers were kicking her head and chest.

'You were born a man, you should be a man,' she remembers them shouting.

Paralyzed by the drug and unable to defend herself, Anna begged for them to kill her.

'I was happy to die at that moment,' she says. The two men placed a plastic bag around her bloodied head, put out their cigarettes on her body, and left her for dead.

Anna managed to wrestle herself free of the plastic bag, then found her way back to Bishkek, where she sought refuge in the city's only LGBT shelter.

'I was usually very good at distinguishing who was who; I honestly did not suspect this guy to be dangerous,' Anna told Arnold.

'I cannot stay in Kyrgyzstan any longer; it is not safe here,' she said. 'I am going to live in Russia instead.'

Anna is not alone.

'Lots of transgender women are migrating,' says Roma, a sex worker and outreach officer for a local human rights organization, Tais Plus.

'I've met ten who have moved to Moscow in the last few months. The ones I have spoken to since say life is not too bad there.'

Although sex work is also illegal in Russia, the maximum penalty is a fine of just 2,000 rubles, or $35. According to the Sex Worker Rights Advocacy Network, there is a large and open sex industry in many parts of Russia due to widespread police corruption.

'Transgender people face all kinds of violations in everyday life, more than homosexual or bisexual people,' warns Svetlana Zakharova from the Russian LGBT Network.

'But the problem here is more with society as a whole rather than the police - they do not care if someone is transsexual unless they violate some societal norm by speaking out publicly.'

'I think life will be easier for us in Russia, because even though there is legislation against sex workers, the police will not target us because we are transgender,' Roma added. 'Here [in Kyrgyzstan] the police are filming their encounters with us, threatening us with the footage, and then publicly outing us online.'

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