Congratulations to Rafael Arutyunyan! The world-renowned coach was named the U.S. Figure Skating/PSA Coach of the Year for both 2015 and 2016. He coached openly gay, 2018 Olympian medalist, Adam Rippon. Arutunyan coached in Armenia before moving to Russia and then the United States. #LGBTQ #Armenian ... See more
“I’ve always been aware of the power of people, organizations and government to come together to do great things.” Dr. Antonio Oftelie
It’s inspiring to see change happening even in Alabama. And this is what change looks like. #bethechange 🏳️🌈🇺🇸
He would be the state's first ever openly gay congress member.
Here's an excellent article by Christopher Atamian in the Armenian Weekly exploring the hypocrisy in the Armenian Church when it comes to LGBTQ matters. On the same day Archbishop Hovnan Derderian of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church forced Father Vazken Movsesian to resign from the board of Equality Armenia, he honored an LGBTQ icon Bishop Mary Ann Swenson. A life-long LGBTQ advocate, Bishop Swenson wrote the following in a dissent to her own church's decision not to wed a same-sex couple. "For too long, the Church has refused to see the face of God in LGBTQ people like Joe and Bobby, speaking instead of the importance of “clergy covenant” and upholding antiquated and unjust laws that do not conform to our Wesleyan understandings of Scripture through tradition, reason, and experience. We reduce gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer people to sexual activities, robbing them of their full humanity, the love, fidelity, and grace found in faithful companionship, as well as deny our understanding of human sexuality as a good gift from God." It is refreshing to see Abp Hovnan Derderian honoring a non-Armenian LGBTQ supporter, but for God's sake, he owes us all an answer... Why was Father Vazken Movsesian, a 35 year veteran, a trailblazer in the Armenian church treated so differently? https://armenianweekly.com/2018/02/05/reaching-armenians-equality-armenia-fight-lgbtq-rights/ ... See more
Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons is on a mission to bring about change in Mormon church’s stance on LGBTQ issues. It is a hopeful reminder that seemingly stagnant institutions can evolve with the times. “I also felt like God saw me as this dirty kid who was sinful. And I think that was the first time that I started to think, you know, something's not right about this — telling a child that something that is innate, that is natural, that is beautiful, is sinful.” ... See more
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons, about his new documentary, Believer, which takes a critical look at the Mormon Church's policies toward its LGBTQ members.
Congratulations to Gay And Lesbian Armenian Society for reaching an important milestone!
Another victory for marriage equality. Actually, make it 16 new victories!! With this ruling of The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in San Jose, Costa Rica, marriage equality will be legal in total of 42 countries! The question remains... when will Armenia enact marriage equality? "The order covers Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Suriname, and Uruguay. Some of them already have marriage equality, including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay, and some parts of Mexico, but most do not. Some of them offer civil unions, but the court said a separate arrangement for same-sex couples is not acceptable." https://www.advocate.com/marriage-equality/2018/1/10/international-court-ruling-will-spread-marriage-equality-around-latin-america ... See more
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the 20 countries under its jurisdiction must enact marriage equality if they haven't already done so.
Even Pakistan is well ahead of Armenia in LGBTQ rights, especially transgender rights. “Across Pakistan, transgender women are a fixture in these Sufi shrines, which tend to be more tolerant than other religious sites. Inside these holy sites, they are revered as belonging to a sacred third gender — a legacy of ancient South Asian traditions that have embraced gender fluidity.” ... See more
Activists have won victories like the right to inherit property and inclusion in the census. Parliament is considering a rights bill sponsored by an unlikely ally, an ultra-conservative Islamic party.
Merry Armenian Christmas!
Christmas. December 25 or January 6? When should we celebrate? What about Santa Claus? Do you find yourself asking these questions often? Then look no further, Fr. Vazken is here to help! Please like this video and spread the love! ... See more