Invisible Battlefield: How the Politicization of LGBT Issues Affects the Visibility of LBT Women in Georgia
This chapter addresses the challenges faced by sexual minorities in Georgia. In contemporary Georgia, homosexuality and broader LGBTI issues are employed as a political tool by a range of actors to discredit opponents and mobilize voters, with media monitoring revealing a notable increase in hate speech directed against LGBTI persons, in particular during election periods or other important political events. In this way, Georgia’s 2016 parliamentary election and the wave of state-sponsored homophobia was no exception, nor the notable absence of figures from Georgia’s political elite ready to raise the issue of rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons. This chapter explores the politicization of sexual minority issues and how it affects the lives and well-being of LBT women in Georgia.
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