Armenia

AT A GLANCE

Same Sex
Relations
Legal?

YES

Legal Gender
Recognition
Possible?

NO

LGBTI Orgs
Able to
Register?

YES

Actions Related
to SOGI at
the UN

2016: Abstained from Voting IE SOGI

Overview

Same-sex relations are legal in Armenia, but there are no explicit legal protections for the human rights of LGBTIQ people. LGBTIQ Armenians are often targeted by government officials and the general public. Law enforcement officers assault, arbitrarily arrest, and detain LGBTIQ individuals, especially trans women. LGBTIQ activists have been subject to mob violence, and LGBTIQ public events have not been given adequate protection. The LGBTIQ community is seen as a threat to “traditional” Armenian culture and “family values,” which contributes to the negative public opinion of LGBTIQ people. Politicians use anti-LGBTIQ hate speech and use LGBTIQ issues as political tools. LGBTIQ visibility and acceptance remains low.