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Gay Guide Azerbaijan
The age of consent is equal for both heterosexual and homosexual sex, at 16 years of age. In 2000 a new criminal code was introduced, repealing article 121 against homosexuality. The decriminalisation of consensual same-sex male acts was a big step forward in respect for human rights. The late President Heydar Aliyev's determination to remove any obstacles to Azerbaijan's accession to the Council of Europe was the major factor leading to the decriminalisation. Gay and lesbians can be thus unfairly dismissed from their jobs, and homophobia is common, the majority of the society simply does not know what homosexuality is. There is no LGBT political movement in Azerbaijan. Reports about police abuses against gays, mainly male prostitutes are common. The first news website (gay.az) for LGBT people in Azerbaijan and the Caucasus was started in May, 2011. Rumours of an LGBT parade being organized in time for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, which was hosted by Azerbaijan, remained sadly just that. In January 2014 Isa Shahmarli, the openly gay founder of AZAD lgbt, committed suicide by hanging himself with a rainbow flag. Shahmarli's suicide sparked an increase in lgbt activism in Azerbaijan. The day of his death was marked as 'LGBT Pride Day and was honoured in 2015 with the release of several videos. Surrounded by semi-desert on the oil-rich Caspian Sea, the cosmopolitan capital, Baku, rings its Unesco-listed ancient core with mushrooming new skyscrapers.
Cities in Azerbaijan
Name: Republic of Azerbaijan · Aserbaidschan · L'Azerbaïdjan · Azerbaiyán · Azerbaigian
Location: South Caucasus region of Eurasia.
International country code: 994
International access code: 810
Area: 86,600 km² / 33,436 sq mi.
Currency: Manat (AZN)
Religions: 85% Shia Muslims and 15% Sunni Muslims.
Climate: Summers are dry and hot while winters experience moderate temperatures and changeable, rainy weather.