Muslim country holds gay pride parade
It has emerged that gay rights activists held a pride rally in Azerbaijan last week. The rally organised by Ruslan Baluxin was said to have taken place peacefully with no arrests or harassment.
The rally occurred on September 7 in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku. It is believed to be the first gay pride rally in a Muslim country.
According to reports in Modern Azerbaijan, the pride marchers covered their faces, but also raised rainbow pride flags high over their heads.
While the rally received little coverage by local media, BBC has reported many Azerbaijani’s have taken to the internet to voice their concern after discovering the rally took place.
One website poster suggested the only reason the parade had taken place peacefully was because no-one knew the symbolism of the rainbow flags.
Azerbaijan decriminalised homosexuality in 2001, however homophobia is still said to be widespread.