Azerbaijan has never been the best place for LGBTI individuals. A majority hide their sexual orientation from their families and society. Society is full of stereotypes against homosexuals.
It starts from childhood. If a boy does not answer the society’s masculinity standards and acts effeminate, he will experience judgmental attitudes from his family, neighbors, relatives, teachers, and classmates. Even strangers in public may tease him verbally. Everybody will demand he “be a man,” or “stop being such a girl.”
 Equaldex – LGBT Rights in Azerbaijan. See link: https://www.equaldex.com/region/azerbaijan
 Azerbaijan and Council of Europe. See link: https://www.coe.int/en/web/baku/field-office
 European Convention on Human Rights. https://www.echr.coe.int/Documents/Convention_ENG.pdf
 Equaldex – LGBT Rights in Azerbaijan. https://www.equaldex.com/region/azerbaijan
 Article 34 of the Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic.
 Article 2 of the Family Code of the Azerbaijan Republic.
 U.S. State Department: Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017: Azerbaijan.
 Ilga Europe: Profile of Azerbaijan. See link: https://rainbow-europe.org/#8622/0/0
Likewise, if a woman does not conform to the feminine norms of society, she will be judged. It is common for the families to force their homosexual children into straight marriages. As a result of this pressure, numerous young people’s lives were ruined.
The government is not eager to educate society on the psychological, sociological and legislative aspects of homosexuality. Therefore, there is a confusion about homosexuality in society, and some people believe that being gay is disease that can be cured.