Intolerant Eurovision Host Gays Face Rampant Homophobia in Azerbaijan

The Eurovision Song Contest has a massive gay following. But homophobia is rife in this year's host country, Azerbaijan, where gays and lesbians have to keep a low profile and fear violent attacks. Even so, locals say that gay Eurovision fans traveling to Baku needn't fear for their safety -- because the regime doesn't want any trouble.
Author Alekper Aliyev triggered a scandal in Azerbaijan with a novel featuring gay themes.

Author Alekper Aliyev triggered a scandal in Azerbaijan with a novel featuring gay themes.

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