Some people have assimilated with seemingly little concern.Many Tajiks consider themselves Uzbek, though they retain the Tajik language; this may be because they have long shared an urban lifestyle, which was more of a bond than ethnic labels. Many Qipchaqs eschew intermarriage, live a nomadic lifestyle, and identify more closely with the Kyrgyz who live across the border from them.
The arid land of this autonomous republic supports a nomadic lifestyle.
It took him three years of patience and insistence, intrusive visits to doctors and officials, threats of legal action and a scrupulous search for loopholes.
He found Soviet-era regulations in the Uzbek family code that allow a sex change after an evaluation by a commission of psychiatrists.
Here, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Uzbeks are routinely ostracized, harassed and abused, according to the United Nations, international human rights groups and local gay rights activists.
A Stalinist-era law punishes consensual sex between men by up to three years in jail.