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I left my home country, France, on the 27th of May 2012 for a long journey across the world. No goal, No return.
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Labrys is the main LGBT group in Central Asia. Created in Bishkek in 2004, they are a fully officially registered organisation, and operate in the region with of the help and financial support of international NGOs.

Syinat Sultanalieva kindly accepted to do this interview with me for Homolab. This audio is the full interview.

If you would like to know more about the topic, here are a few interesting links:

LABRYS:
Labrys
Labrys Facebook Page

ILGA Asia

The UN High Commissioner on Human Rights is in Kyrgyzstan

We Do Exist: Gay Men and HIV Risk in Kazakhstan (Open Society Foundations)

Statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 18, 2012 from the US embassy in Bishkek)

Drying cheese bag, the yurt and the lake
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Kyrgyzstan Wednesday 29 August 2012
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Community Based Tourism (CBT) claims to be socially sustainable tourism, emphasizing community well-being over individual profit, supporting local development. Well, I have been a customer of CBT, and have been talking with other tourists who also used their services. The reality opens to a different perspective… Read the story

Kyrgyzstan railway 'network'
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Kyrgyzstan Monday 27 August 2012
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While travelling to lake Issyk Kul, I had notice the rail track along the road. On my way back, I saw a passenger train circulating. This tickled my curiosity. What’s the railway situation in Kyrgyzstan? To find the answer, I decided to visit the station in the capital: Bishkek-2. Read the story

Pegman also did the trek with me, but he decided to stay...
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Kyrgyzstan Friday 17 August 2012
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I arrived in Karakol with the idea of trekking for just a few days. Not being properly equipped, I had to find a tent, and be able to leave a baggage somewhere to leave with only the minimum necessary. But most importantly, I needed to know WHAT to do, and HOW, and was hoping to find people to do it with… this means: information, a map, a trail, and company! Read the story

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Kyrgyzstan Sunday 12 August 2012
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My trip took me to Georgia, Azerbaijan, and to central Asia: Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and I’m now in Kyrgyzstan.

Homosexuality was legalized in 1998 in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, then followed Georgia and Azerbaijan in 2000, but is still illegal in Uzbekistan. To be more specific, what the law from the former Soviet Union mentions is anal sexual act between men. Women are not concerned. Today, Only Georgia has a law specificaly banning discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation. Read the story

Anne Cécile vient d'arriver, à Tashkent
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Uzbekistan Friday 3 August 2012
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Vacances !

Après avoir été rejoint par Anne-Cécile, je me suis mis en mode vacances !
Première chose, je n’étais plus tout seul, et non plus seulement avec des rencontres éphémères; mais avec une amie. Read the story

Mud Volcanoes
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Azerbaijan Wednesday 18 July 2012
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Here they are, the Mud Volcanoes… There are dozens in the region, but the bus driver left me on the side of the road, pointing to this hill close to the sea. Read the story

Two local kids and a horse
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Azerbaijan Sunday 15 July 2012
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I think this is the most remote and isolated village I’ve visited in my trip so far! Read the story

Vieille ville de Sheki
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Azerbaijan Monday 9 July 2012
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Cela fait trois jours que je suis en Azerbaijan. Je me suis arrêté à Zaqatalan, et maintenant à Sheki. Read the story

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Georgia Saturday 7 July 2012
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I left London, and Paris a bit more than a month ago, and I’m travelling east.
I knew that progressively things would become more and more difficult, slowly walking my way out of my comfort zone: culture, language, habits, diet, growing importance of religion(s), random hygiene and cleanliness in some places, reliability of transports, road signs… and degrading gay rights. Read the story

Comment j’utilise au mieux la technologie mobile pour m’aider dans mon voyage
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Georgia Thursday 5 July 2012
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Après deux mois de voyages, j’ai appris à optimiser mon équipement technologique pour me repérer, réserver mes transports et hébergement, trouver mon chemin, et garder le contact avec les amis. Read the story

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