There is a lot of aggression toward us and we cannot be open in public any more. In many cases, the abuses suffered by LGBT people are immediately—even instinctively—shrouded in shame due to homophobic attitudes. Teachers supportive of LGBT rights have also been threatened with dismissal.
Shortly after the investigation of the case began, a group of anti-LGBT activists erected a brick wall in front of a gay club in the city of Almaty. Many view LGBTQ people through the lens of prejudice and myths, such as thinking they are responsible for the prevalence of HIV, pose a threat to children, or that their sexual orientation is a medical condition that needs to be treated.
Forty-one respondents from 11 cities and towns across the country responded to an online questionnaire. Since , transgender individuals have been allowed to change their legal gender on their official identity documents in Kazakhstan. In particular, it is aimed at isolating the country's internet users from the global internet by introducing full control over internet service providers' ISPs' access to external traffic, as well as in-country traffic exchange points, says Max Bokayev, a free internet proponent.