Dastan Kasmamytov planned to climb Mont Blanc next month, in a bid to become the first Central Asian to scale the world’s tallest summits. Instead, he is in lockdown with his family, who once took him to a magician to try to ‘cure’ him of being gay.
The new coronavirus has put Kasmamytov’s dream of planting a rainbow flag on nine of the world’s highest peaks on hold for now. But he still hopes to summit the Franco-Italian mountain in August, for both LGBT+ visibility, and his native Kyrgyzstan. Continue Reading »