On May 17, 2020, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, the US Embassy in Kazakhstan hoisted a rainbow flag, and a video appeared on the Instagram account of the British Embassy in Kazakhstan, stating that “human rights are universal, and representatives of the LGBTI community (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and intersex people) are entitled to the same respect, freedom and protection as everyone else.”
Khamitov could not pass by such words. “These people are worse than dogs,” the fighter wrote. There were hundreds of people who supported him with "likes", but there were also those who refused to accept such a position.
Moreover, some time later, Khamitov added that "dogs can be offended." Among those who supported Khamitov was the fighter Artem Reznikov, as well as the MMA Kazakhstan Fighters account: “Not only dogs, but also pigs do not do what these people do.”
Harsh comments on the one hand were replaced by attempts to stop the persecution of people on the other. As a result, LGBT activist Nurbibi Nurkadilova broke down and wrote an open letter to Khamitov.