IE SOGI refers to the UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity
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.