As gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities emerge in the contemporary Armenian world (both in Armenia and in the diaspora) more and more Armenians are making public their personal sexual identities. Male homosexuality was decriminalized under the early Soviet period and only banned during the Stalinist period.
Lesbian sex was never banned in Soviet Armenia or in today's Second Republic.
In 2007, for example, a study by the Nevertheless, if talk about sex was once taboo, although male bloggers still disrupt Women's Days marches to change prevailing attitudes on female virginity and domestic abuse, there is at least now the possibility to discuss matters more openly.
LGBT groups can operate more openly, and have especially empowered themselves through blogs, while, as recently seen in Georgia, discussion has gone online.
As is also true for the entire region, attitudes towards sexuality are usually not only gender-biased, but also arguably hypocritical to the extreme.
You can learn a lot about a culture by learning its language.
Boys will be boys – it’s the girl who was to blame. […] Sitting out on the balcony of our tiny two bedroom apartment zdanie we’d watch young girls walking by. Everyone knows that Ferid loves Sevinj and he would never take Aysel as a bride. He left my apartment that morning just before the sun rose in the hope that no one would see him sneak out. If you’ve ever spent any time in an Azerbaijani mehle (apartment courtyard) , you know that nothing goes unaccounted for. What is so shameful about wanting to get to know someone intimately before you commit your life to them?
You smile to a waiter and he will ask for your phone number.
Also commenting on the situation in Armenia, new media and democracy advocate Mark Belinsky, for example, notes the role social networking sites such as Unlike Facebook, there’s little opportunity to make it more of a broadcast medium.
The key feature here is that you can see who is visiting your profile and how often.
It is an automatic reaction.survey, many hope that the situation might be slowly changing.
Moreover, given that those constituting more progressive elements in society generally have access to the Internet, it is also interesting to note that discussion continues to go online.