Armenian Activist Yeghishe Charents

Each Monday EqAR will feature a quote from a notable LGBTQ figure or ally. Today’s person to know is Armenian Activist Yeghishe Charents.

Yeghishe Charents (Armenian: Եղիշե Չարենց; March 13, 1897 – November 27, 1937) was an Armenian poet, writer and public activist. Charents was an outstanding poet of the twentieth century, touching upon a multitude of topics that ranged from his experiences in the First World War, socialist revolution, and, more prominently, on Armenia and Armenians.[1] He is recognized as “the main poet of the 20th century” in Armenia.[2]

An early supporter of communism, Charents joined the Bolshevik party, but as the Stalinist terror began in the 1930s, he gradually grew disillusioned with Stalinism and died during the 1930s purges.