Life in Uzbekistan’s Queer Diaspora
His fingers still bear the scars.
It’s been almost two years since Shohijahon Toirov’s own mother tried to kill him with a knife. He resisted and survived, but his right index and middle fingers got caught.
Toirov, now 21, grew up in Kattakurgan, a conservative town in Uzbekistan between the ancient Silk Road cities of Bukhara and Samarkand. He’s since extricated himself from the country he loves but it’s taken shrewdness, resilience and hardship.
Toirov’s upbringing was blighted by distress.