Homosexuality in Mongolia

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06 Apr 2013 09:00

Even though there are no official numbers, it is estimated that there are around 3000 people self defined homosexuals living in Mongolia. Most of whom live and congregate in the capital Ulan Bator. The rise in the number of nightclubs combined with improved internet access has helped the LGBT Mongol community.

Homosexuality officially does not exist in Mongolia. The terms 'homosexual', 'gay', 'lesbian' or 'transexual' literally do not appear in any law or state regulation.

Mongolia’s young homosexuals are fascinated with the culture of other countries like Japan, The United States or Europe. All they want is to travel abroad and start a new life.

“The secret history of the Mongols”, the first written book in Mongolian language, narrates the moment when Genghis Khan came to power. Article 48 of the Khan Law Codes dictates that homosexuality is punishable by death.

Despite the economic boom in Mongolia, some issues are treated the same way as they were eight hundred years ago and being homosexual, though not illegal, continues to be taboo.

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