Gay Guide Armenia

In December 2002, Armenia has adopted a new penal code and at the same time abolished article 116 from 1936, which was specifically directed against gays and lesbians. Since then, homosexuality has no longer been considered a criminal offence. At the same time, a small gay scene has started to emerge in the capital Yerevan There is still no emancipation movement for homosexuals in Armenia and society remains extremely hostile to gays. Despite a small progress Armenian society is still dominated by homophobia. For this reason, we strongly advise all visitors not to kiss or show other physical signs of affection in public. Although some of the venues listed in this guide are visited by gays and lesbians, they are not comparable to western gay bars and discos. Apart from that, Armenia has a lot to offer. As a cradle of Christian civilisation, the country has more than 40,000 churches and the capital alone hosts over 20 museums. Most events take place in July, amongst them the Golden Apricot Film Festival in the capital, followed by the 'Yerewan Jazz Festival', which is enjoying growing popularity year after year. Visitors can expect a beautiful landscape outside the city. Apart from the widespread homophobia, Armenians are considered to be a bit cranky, but nice and hospitable people.

Cities in Armenia

Yerevan (Eriwan)

Location: South Caucasus
Initials: ARM
International country code: 374 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Language: Armenian, Russian
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.

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