Gay Guide Armenia

In December 2002 Armenia adopted a new Criminal Code and abolished the anti-gay article 116 that dated back to 1936. Since then, homosexuality is no longer punishable. At the same time a "gay scene" started to emerge in the capital Yerevan. To this date, there is no gay rights movement in Armenia and society remains extremely homophobic. Despite the little progress Armenian society remains homophobic and therefore we strictly advise not to hold hands or kiss in public. Even if some venues listed in this guide are frequented by gays and lesbians that doesn't mean they can be compared to western gay bars and discos. Nevertheless, Armenia has much to offer: as one of the cradles of Christian civilisation, it has over 40.000 churches and the capital alone has over 20 museums. The month of July is rich in events. In the beginning of the month, Yerevan hosts the Golden Apricot Film Festival followed by more and more popular Yerevan Jazz Festival. Outside the capital there is a sometimes stunningly beautiful countryside. Apart from the widespread homophobia, Armenians are said to be tempered, but friendly and welcoming people.

Cities in Armenia

Yerevan (Eriwan)

Name: Hayastan, Armeniya, Armenien, Arménie
Location: South Caucasus
Initials: ARM
International country code: 374 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Language: Armenian, Russian
Area: 29,800 km² / 11506 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Dram (ARD) = 100 Luma
Population: 2,969,000
Capital: Yerevan (Eriwan)
Religions: Armenian Apostolic 94%, other Christian 4%, Yezidi 2%
Climate: Highland continental, hot summers, cold winters. The best time to visit is May-July or Sept-Oct.