<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Gulshan, a 69-year-old woman, was living alone during the lockdown - her family was afraid not to infect her with the virus and kept a distance, so did her neighbours and other visitors. Over the months of isolation, she decided to reach out to her loved ones virtually.</span></p>
Grandma, by choice
Azerbaijan is the worst country in Europe for people who identify as LGBTIQ+, according to ILGA Europe. Homophobic attacks and bullying against the community are common in the country. This is the story of one member of that community. The life of our hero (who we will not name) reflects the experiences of many members of the Azerbaijani queer community.
The other, even at home
"I cry when I talk about problems or I react very harshly. They see this as hysteria and compare my problems with other people's problems. ‘Look at the people's grievances, what you are complaining about? Everything depends on you. If you want, you can fix it, but if you don't get it, then you don't want to’. I can't explain that such a reaction is not something I did on purpose.”
Depressed, isolated, otherized
In Azerbaijan, fake FB accounts are so common, users expect their identity to be stolen.