Bagirov works as a plasterer and painter renovating flats. He said that discrimination was also rife in the workplace.
“Sometimes those you work with find out that you are gay and reject you. Then I had to work alone, and here again there were problems. Sometimes clients have refused to pay me and threatened that they would complain to the police. And the police never help gays and do not take their side,” he said.
Homophobia in Azerbaijan is so widespread that the country ranked as the worst place in Europe for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in a recent review of 49 European countries by ILGA-Europe.
Read more at: Being Gay in Azerbaijan | IWPR