Gay and Lesbian Armenians

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As gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities emerge in the contemporary Armenian world (both in Armenia and in the diaspora) more and more Armenians are making public their personal sexual identities.

Armenia decriminalized gay male sex on Jan. 9, 2003. Lesbian sex was never banned in Soviet Armenia or in today's Second Republic. Male homosexuality was decriminalized under the early Soviet period and only banned during the Stalinist period. The Republic of Armenia does not recognize any marriage/unions/partnerships between individuals of the same sex.

While gays and lesbians in Armenia still face many obstacles that prevent them from leading open and equal lives, many diasporan Armenians are not hindered by homophobia and the level of acceptance is more often related to the prevalent cultural attitudes of the greater non-Armenian community.

There are active Armenian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered associations in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and elsewhere.

Famous Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Armenians

Famous Armenians who are believed to be either gay, lesbian or bisexual include:

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