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Summing Up IDAHOBIT Week

IDAHOBIT week, dedicated to the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, is now over, and it’s time to sum up our activities carried out during the week. This year, Pink’s activities for IDAHOBIT Week included community events and an online campaign.

During the week, we published videos on LGBT+ topics, informational materials on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, as well as released an updated version of Pink’s “Sexuality” info-material, which includes preliminary information related to human sexuality.

Pink also launched its “The Human Rights Situation of LGBT People in Armenia During 2022” annual report. The report summarizes cases of human rights violations accompanied by discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which the organization documented last year. According to the documented cases, the human rights of LGBT people were violated by state bodies and individuals, with no redress available due to legislative gaps and the bias of law enforcement bodies.

On this year’s IDAHOBIT week, Pink also hosted a community event titled “Together Always: United in Diversity.” The event’s main objective was to unite Armenian LGBT+ activists and discuss various activism-related issues.

The event took place in the format of a panel discussion. LGBT+ activists spoke about their experiences and shared their ideas and vision. The participants mentioned their contributions to the LGBT+ movement, presented new ideas for the movement’s future, and emphasized the role of the media, reflecting on the factors that contribute to the movement’s progress on media platforms. During the discussion, we raised issues related to the activist experience and challenges of queer women in Armenian society, the problems of LGBT+ people living in the regions, the resources needed to carry out activist movements, and the challenges of creating informative content on public platforms.

The future of the LGBT+ movement and the opportunities to develop the movement were also tackled. The participants especially emphasized the significant role of raising awareness of LGBT+ people, creating informative content, and organizing informative events to strengthen the movement.

IDAHOBIT week remains on Pink’s annual agenda as long as discrimination against LGBT+ people continues in Armenia. The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is an opportunity to speak about the issues of LGBT+ people and the vital importance of ensuring their inclusion in society.

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