Top Gay Activist in Belarus Drafted By Homophobic Military

You’re a failed cold-war state with a predilection for repressing your native gay and lesbian population and you have a pesky editor of a gay website calling your government out for all its human right violations. So what do you do? Well, if you’re Belarus, you do what you do with all dissidents– draft them.

23-year-old Alexander Paluyan, the editor-in-chief of the largest and most popular LGBT website in Belarus,, was previously excused from service for medical reasons, but has been ordered to report to the military department in Mozyr today to find out if his medical exemption is confirmed or if he will be called up to service.

Human rights groups are concerned and Sergey Androsenko spokesperson for the Belarusian Initiative for Sexual and Gender Equality says, “It is not safe for openly gay persons to be called-up for military duties”

UK Gay News has more on the situation:

“with the number of conscripts down this year, the Belarusian authorities are believed to now be “calling up” those who have previously been medically exempt.

As a leading gay activist, Mr. Paluyan could face a very difficult eighteen months in the largely homophobic military, fellow activists say.

“We are anxious for the physical and psychological health of our friend, colleague and activist.

“We want to stand against disrespect, violence, and rudeness, which he can come across in the Belarusian army” said the activists in their email.

In addition to Mr. Paluyan, another gay activist has been called-up. His identity is not being revealed.

Activists in Belarus, whose membership of the Council of Europe has been suspended as the country does not meet the European human rights standards, point to the fact that there has been considerable “gay rights” activity in Minsk over the past year.

And Belarus often uses the “trick” to call-up dissidents of the Lukashenko regime for military service, the activists say.”

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  • ioni

    oh my, this is so full of shite.

    Just becasue the baby did not want to go to the army (which is indeed homophobic) – voila! he says it is due to his Political Struggle, no less! I would also add the bit on High Goals and Achievements, but ture to tell… well, it is always up to him, isn’t it?

  • tallskin


    I am not sure what your nasty snidey comment is saying. Do you? You seem to be bitter and angry about something – no doubt internalised homophobia which you are directing against fellow gays. Seek therapy.

    HOWEVER, latest news from a more international gay news site is: That he is no longer being called up for military service.

  • ioni

    Tallskin, All this talk about Top Gay Activists and the like – it is just not worth it and is the wrong way to publicize oneself.

    If our dear fellow gay Alexander is so prominent and to active in fighting for the rights – is it not better to fight homophobia in its element? Becides the Army is one of the most gay areas in any country, traditionally.

    So all this wining and moaning, is just what it is – moaning and wining

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