Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT rights in Armenia are not legislated in both the legal and social spheres. Homosexuality has been legal in Armenia since Many LGBT Armenians fear being socially outcast by their friends and families, causing them to keep their sexual orientation or gender identity secret. Recently, the LGBT community in Armenia has become better connected due to social media, although a sense of fear and a desire for anonymity remains due to the nation's conservative culture.
Homosexuality remains a taboo topic in many parts of Armenian society. Many LGBT people claim to fear violence in their workplace or from their family, and therefore, are said to not file complaints of claimed human rights violations or of criminal offences.
Nevertheless, inArmenia became the second Asian country where same-sex marriages performed abroad are recognised. Additionally, inArmenia signed the " joint statement on ending acts of violence and related human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity " at the United Nationscondemning violence and discrimination against LGBT people. BetweenArmenia was part of the Soviet Union. Untilthe legislation of Armenia followed the corresponding Section Pink armenia homosexual the former Soviet Union Penal Code, which only specifically criminalized anal intercourse between men.
Lesbian and Pink armenia homosexual gay sex between consenting adults was not explicitly mentioned in the law as being a criminal offence. The specific article of the Penal Code wasdating back toand the maximum penalty was 5 years. The abolition of the anti-gay law along with the death penalty was among Armenia's pre-accession conditions to the Council of Europe in In Decemberthe Azgayin Zhoghov National Assembly approved the new penal code in which the anti-gay article was On 1 AugustPresident of Armenia Robert Kocharyan ratified "Pink armenia homosexual," bringing to an end the decades of repression against gay men in Armenia.
There were 7 prosecutions in and 4 in under the law according to Amnesty International and 4 in according to the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee of the Council of Europe. Inlocal human rights NGO "Helsinki Association" published via its website the story of a year-old. He was the last condemned under Article The mediatization of his case signed the first gay " coming out " in Armenia.