Richard Ammon. Armenia has been politically free of harsh Soviet domination for twenty years but human rights and attitudes have been slow in changing especially regarding sexual minorities. Although homosexuality has been legal in since the situation for local lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens has resisted change in society and at home. There are no legal protections for LGBT persons whose rights are overtly and covertly violated.
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A gay man was assaulted and beaten last week while walking down the street at night in Yerevan. Before police could arrive, his assailants asked him if he was Armenian, and upon his response, beat him and threw him into the road. Despite surveillance cameras in the area, the assailants have not yet been apprehended. In February of , a transgender woman was hospitalized after being brutally beaten up in her Yerevan apartment.
During her years as a sex worker, Martirosyan, 26, was beaten and threatened with a knife several times. Eventually, after eleven years of sex work, she decided to stop selling herself and start helping people like her instead. To curb that trend, activists are organizing workshops to teach transgender people sewing and makeup, and help them find employment in the fashion industry, which they say is one of the most inclusive in the Armenian job market. While gay, lesbian and bisexual people can hide their sexual orientation, transgender Armenians say their physical appearance makes them recognisable and more likely to encounter discrimination, bullying and physical attacks.
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