Climate of Hate For LGBT Defenders In Former Soviet Republics

In 2016, ILGA’s list of 49 European countries, from best to worst for the LGBTQ, ranked Armenia 47th – 3rd worst; only ahead of Russia and Azerbaijan, but behind Turkey. A few LGBTQ organizations are active in Armenia, but face “increasingly discriminatory environment”, according to a report released by Amnesty International on December 22, 2017.
A common denominator in countries with worsening atmosphere for the LGBTQ is “the extent of Russian [anti-LGBTQ] influence and the reach of its media.”