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While the term gay and lesbian is a modern moniker for individuals who seek love and companionship with individuals of the same sex, the practice has been part of human society from the dawn of history.
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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.
  
Famous Armenians who are believed to be either gay, lesbian or bisexual include, Byzantine Emperor [[Basil I the Macedonian]], poet [[Vahan Tekeyan]], poet [[Yeghishe Charents]], filmmaker [[Sergei Paradjanov]], gay Armenian American literary pioneer [[George Stamboulian]], and writer and activist [[Chastity Bono]].
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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.
  
As gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities emerge in the contemporary Armenian community (both in Armenia and in the diaspora) more and more Armenians are making public their personal sexual identities.
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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.
  
Armenia decriminalized gay male sex on Jan. 9, 2003. Lesbian sex was never banned in Soviet Armenia or in today's Second Republic. The Republic of Armenia does not recognize gay marriage/unions/partnerships between individuals of the same sex.
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There are active Armenian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered associations in [[Los Angeles]], [[New York]], [[Paris]] and elsewhere.
  
While gays and lesbians in Armenia still face many obstacles that prevent them from lead open and equal lives, many diasporan Armenians are not hindered by homophobia and the level of acceptance of gay and lesbian Armenians in Armenian communities around the world are often related to the prevalent cultural attitudes of the host community. There are active Armenian gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered associations in Los Angeles ([http://www.gayandlesbianarmenians.com/]), New York, Paris ([http://www.agla.info]) and elsewhere.
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==Famous Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Armenians==
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Famous Armenians who are believed to be either gay, lesbian or bisexual include:
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*Armenian pre-Christian King [[Pap]]
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*Byzantine Emperor [[Basil I the Macedonian]]
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*Gay Catholicos Grigoris I or [[Grigor Aghtamartsi]]
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*poet [[Vahan Tekeyan]]
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*poet [[Yeghishe Charents]]
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*poet [[Sarmad]] the Naked Mystic
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*filmmaker [[Sergei Paradjanov]]
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*gay Armenian American literary pioneer [[George Stambolian]]
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*writer and activist [[Chastity Bono]]
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==External links==
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*http://www.gayandlesbianarmenians.com - Los Angeles based
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*http://aglany.org/ - New York based
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*http://www.agla.info - Paris based

Latest revision as of 21:55, 5 March 2010

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:

External links