From: Georgia Today #467 By Martin Tsekov July 10, 2009 “My worst experience was not long ago, 2004, when a straight man made me give him a blow job and then threw me down the stairs, and beat me terribly. Then he told me that if he ever sees me in this part of the
Homosexual sex is legal in Georgia due to a 2000 law. A message in July 2000 to ILGA confirms that a new criminal code which removed all discriminatory provisions was passed by the Georgian parliament on 22 July 1999 and entered into force on 1 June 2000.Since May 2006, as part of the new Labour Code, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is illegal in employment. The age of consent is equal for both heterosexual and homosexual sex, at 16 years of age. Despite these laws, in Georgia a high level of hostility towards same-sex relationships and diverse gender identities prevails in virtually every aspect of society. Many believe them to be a disease, some see them as a sin, others as a perversion. The human rights of LGBT people are opposed by some prominent human rights defenders and other high-level figures. Stigmatization is so pervasive that most LGBT people are forced out of communities, deprived of any chance to openly express their sexual orientation or gender identity, and suffer from discrimination and hate crimes.