Conservatives in Kazakhstan are advocating for a number of new anti-LGBT laws to be passed that mirror similar policies that have advanced in Russia, including a ban on “gay propaganda,” a ban on gay people serving in public office or the Kazkh army, and a ban on gay people adopting children. At a press conference last week petitioning for consideration of the “propaganda” law, the Kazakhstan national movement group known as Bolashak expressed its concerns about how gay-friendly the country has become.
The group’s leader, Dauren Babamuratov, was particularly outraged that “we have stopped so low that LGBTs no longer hide their orientation.” He suggested that you could identify such individuals as “young people in coloured pants” hanging out “in the city’s malls and other public places.”
Despite this shift to more openly identifying, Babamuratov also believes that homosexuality can be detected in a person’s DNA. “A blood test can show the presence of degeneratism in a person,” he explained. The propaganda law should be passed, he argued, because “suppressing activities of the LGBT community in Kazakhstan is extremely difficult” without laws against it.
Aldan Smayil, a Member of the Parliament’s Lower Chamber has previously said that legislation should be passed allowing the government to close down gay clubs and punish their owners.
Lawmakers have been considering a ban on “gay propaganda” since at least last year, and revisions to the Marriage and Family Code already underway may include other anti-gay policies.