On November 16 and 17 LGBTQ forum in Yerevan!
On November 16 and 17, international human rights organization NOAH PRIDE held public events in Yerevan dedicated to the LGBTQ forum, which is planned to be organized in the capital of Armenia. The main goal of the actions was to support the activists of the LGBTQ movement in Armenia and the policy of the new Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who proclaimed the development of the human rights movement in the country.
Activists from Poland, Bulgaria and Ukraine held a public event under the slogan "Walk boldly, Nikol!" and "Hello, Yerevan!"
According to activists, LGBTQ people in Armenia are in a difficult situation. However, they hope that the new political course, focused on the values of equality and the abolition of any kind of discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation, will help to overcome the resistance of society.
“It is difficult to cope with a radically homophobic society, but there is no other way except a consistent and persistent explanation, appealing to the mind and sense of justice - both collective and individual. I am very pleased that the new head of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, perceive and implements this, ”says one of NOAH PRIDE activists,“ There are a lot of really serious challenges for Armenia, and it’s not worth spending energy on a meaningless fight against LGBTQ people. This is the main merit of Pashinyan, which requires active support from the society.”
NOAH PRIDE is a non-political, non-profit organization supporting the LGBTQ community in the South Caucasus countries - Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The Foundation was established in 2016 and successfully cooperates with the largest human rights organizations in the world.