Forum Participants under attack
After the LGBT Forum generated a hate storm in online and social media. On October 21, one of the forum participants was followed by and threatened when she took off from a minibus. She has been long stared at in the minibus as she had an LGBT flag sticker on her phone, which, presumably was seen by this man. After she took off from the minibus, she was followed by the man, who grabbed her hand and told her all the "viruses like her should be burnt". "We'll find you all and destroy all of you one by one" the man yelled when the girl screamed and ran away.
Round table-discussion on LGBT related issues in Armenia
On October 16, 2015 a round table-discussion was conducted by PINK’s partner organization, New Generation NGO, in the topic of “LGBT issues in Armenia and suggestion for their solution”. The discussion aimed at raising the awareness on LGBT issues and supporting the development of mechanisms for their protection and integration into society.
One of the speakers, Mamikon Hovsepyan, the executive director of PINK Armenia, talked about internalized homophobia, the importance of coming out, which would neutralize the possibility of blackmailing LGBT individuals. Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of coming out of organizations working for LGBT organizations.
Other speakers discussed the crucial expressions of discrimination towards LGBT people, violations of rights in a number of spheres, such as healthcare, closed institutions and religion.
The speakers and participants of the round-table discussion were members of local NGOs.