One of Turkmenistan’s top showmen and entertainers has been arrested for the crime of being gay

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04/21/2020

A well-known actor has been arrested in Turkmenistan for the simple crime of being gay, local media reports claim. The man, who has not been named, was reportedly arrested last month along with his partner and a dozen other men on suspicion of homosexual activity. Gay sex is illegal in the central Asian country and anti-LGBT+ views are pervasive, meaning queer people often hide their identities or flee the country. Some of the men arrested on suspicion of homosexuality were later released after they bribed police, according to Turkmen.news. A source told Radio Free Europe that the well-known actor had been arrested, but said it had been difficult to get authorities to clarify the matter.

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