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Teen In Post-Soviet State Set On Fire, Nearly Murdered By Parents After Outing

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani activist Isa Shakhmarli, 20, committed suicide in 2013.

Gay Star News is reporting that an 18-year-old gay man in Azerbaijan is in hiding today, following his parents’ attempt to murder him after learning he is gay.

According to a close friend of the teen, identified as “Malik,” Malik’s parents punched, kicked, and “attempted to burn him with gasoline” after an anonymous person on Facebook sent them a photo of their son attending a gay pride parade.

GSN suggests Malik had been a “victim of blackmail for the past few months,” indicating that the anonymous outer threatened to out Malik as early as July 23.

“Even though [Malik] ran away from home, a lot of his personal belongings and documents were taken away by his family…meaning he has no chance to leave the country,” Malik’s friend tells GSN. “[Malik] is in a safe place right now. However, a threat to his life continues.”

Although same-sex sexual activity is legal in Azerbaijan, the country’s strong Muslim culture and roots in the former Soviet Union translate into inhumane treatment of LGBTs. Gay men and women are not allowed to marry in Azerbaijan, though they are eligible to serve openly in its military. According to the HRC, the country also boasts several prominent figures in LGBT activism, who organized their first official gay pride parade last year.

Malik’s ordeal comes just six months after the death of Isa Shakhmarli, an Azerbaijani activist who committed suicide in January by hanging himself with a rainbow flag. In a suicide note, he placed “blame” for his death on those who take part in Azerbaijan’s homophobic culture.

By:           Queerty Editor
On:           Aug 12, 2014
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  • 12 Comments
    • Scribe38
      Scribe38

      Bad religion 1
      Humanity 0

      Aug 12, 2014 at 5:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache99
      Stache99

      Muslims believe in honor killings. As if you could dishonor people without honor in the first place.

      Aug 12, 2014 at 6:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jd2222248
      jd2222248

      I live in the Middle East and Americans think they have it bad. Not even! :-)

      Aug 12, 2014 at 10:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi
      Ogre Magi

      I hate muslims

      Aug 13, 2014 at 12:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeton Ademaj
      Jeton Ademaj

      @Ogre Magi: urine idiot.

      Aug 13, 2014 at 4:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ottoman
      Ottoman

      @Ogre Magi: Uganda and the Americans who support them are Christian. So is Russia.

      Aug 13, 2014 at 6:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • barkomatic
      barkomatic

      Why is it so hard to expect humanity from people? It’s like we’re a bunch of wild animals the way we treat each other–worse even. I hope Malik is able to escape his situation somehow.

      Aug 13, 2014 at 12:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Masc Pride
      Masc Pride

      @Ogre Magi: Yet I bet you go apeshit when someone says they hate gays. You should really know better.

      Headline says, “Teen In Post-Soviet State SET ON FIRE, Nearly Murdered By Parents After Outing”

      Body says, “Malik’s parents punched, kicked, and ‘ATTEMPTED to burn him with gasoline’…”

      Was he doused with gasoline or was he actually set on fire and nearly murdered?? Gasoline doesn’t burn on its own.

      Aug 13, 2014 at 1:24 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi
      Ogre Magi

      @Ottoman: and you think I don’t hate christians just as much

      Aug 13, 2014 at 3:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi
      Ogre Magi

      @Masc Pride: I have every right to hate these rotten turds for what they have done and continue to do to gay people

      Aug 13, 2014 at 3:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ogre Magi
      Ogre Magi

      @Jeton Ademaj: Being a gay muslim or christian is like being a black KKK member

      Aug 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      Used to be America got its immigrants from countries like Germany, Norway, Sweden……

      Now we’re getting them from places like Azerbaijan. No wonder the country is going downhill fast.

      Aug 13, 2014 at 8:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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