Published in 1992, Lion Woman’s Legacy: An Armenian-American Memoir is the first [*] memoir written by an Armenian-American woman and Lesbian Armenian-American.
Published in 2018, About Strange Lands and People by James Najarian was featured in the anthology Worlds Together, Worlds Apart.
Published in 2014, One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva is the first [*] young adult novel featuring a gay Armenian-American character that was written by an Armenian-American.
Released in the United States in 2017, Apricot Groves by Pouria Heidary Oureh is, according to IMDB, the most internationally appeared film in the history of Armenian cinema with more than 90 international film festival selections.
Published in 2016, Mommyland:Flag by Armen of Armenia is the first [*] novel by a Queer Armenian who is native to the Republic of Armenia.
Vahan Tekeyan (1878-1945) was an Armenian poet, and to some he is known as the “Prince of Armenian Poetry.” He founded the magazine Shirak in 1905. His poetry collections include Hoger (1901), Charming Resurrection (1914), From Midnight to Dusk (1920), and Love (1923). Along with the poet Yeghishe Charents, he is considered one of the greatest Armenian poets of the 20th century.
Published in 2008, Me as Her Again: True Stories of an Armenian Daughter by Nancy Agabian is the first [*] memoir written by a bisexual Armenian-American.
Published in 2000, Princess Freak by Nancy Agabian is the first [*] collection of poems and performance texts by a bisexual Armenian-American.
Published in 1990, In My Father’s Car by George Stambolian is one of the first, if not the first [*], short stories written about and by a gay Armenian-American.
Published in 2016, Sergio Y. by Alexandre Vidal Porto is the first [*] novel featuring a transgender Armenian-Brazilian woman as a titular character.
Published in 2011, Swimming to Chicago by David-Matthew Barnes is the first [*] YA novel featuring a gay Armenian-American protagonist, Alex Bainbridge.
Published in 2012, Transition: Becoming Who I was Always Meant to Be by Chaz Bono is the first [*] memoir by a transgender man of Armenian-American descent.
Published in 2016, Balls: It Takes Some to Get Some by Chris Edward is the second [*] memoir published by a transgender man of Armenian-American descent.
Published in 2017, A Poet in Washington Heights by Christopher Atamian is one of the first [*] poetry collections by a gay Italian-Armenian.
Published in 2020, Dancing Man: A Broadway Choreographer’s Journey by Bob Avian, with Tom Santopietro, is the first [*] memoir by a Gay Armenian-American.
Published in 2011, My Gay Dream by Alex Ikke-Tuppel is one of the first [*] novels featuring a gay main character by an author who is a native of Yerevan, Armenia.
Published in 2017, Pride & Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons, and Everyday Heroes by Kathleen Archambeau is a celebration of queer lives as she writes biographies, profiles, and stories of queer folx.
Published in 2011, Queered: What’s To Be Done With Xcentric Art by the Queering Yerevan (QY) collective is their first publication and one of the first [*] collections of queer art, photography, experimental writing, critical texts, and email correspondences.
Published in 2003, Yeghishe Charents: Poet of the Revolution edited by Marc Nichanian is a collection of essays from the first international conference about a modern Armenian poet, Charents, held at a Western university.
Released in 2015, Tangerine by writer/director Sean Baker was a historic first in a number of regards, including the fact that the film featured two transgender women as the lead characters, Kitana Kiki Rodriguez and Mya Taylor. Tangerine was the first film to actively campaign on behalf of Rodriguez and Taylor for Academy Award nominations.
Published in 2011, The Man in the Gray Flannel Skirt by Jon-Jon Goulian is the first [*] memoir by an Armenian-American who describes himself as an “androgynous neurotic.”
Published in 2008, The Armenians of Pittsburgh by Dr. Nyri A. Bakkalian is an essay featured in Queer Around the World: A LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology.
Published in 2020, Gray Dawn: A Tale of Abolition and Union by Nyri A. Bakkalian is the first [*] novel by an Armenian-American who identifies as Lesbian.
Released in 1969, The Color of Pomegranates by Sergei Parajanov is his best known masterpiece. Commenting on the film, Martin Scorsese said, “I didn’t know any more about Sayat-Nova at the end of the picture than I knew at the beginning, but instead what Parajanov did was he opened a door into a timeless cinematic experience.”
Published in 2018, Transmission is a 13-minute short film created, written, and produced by Kamee Abrahamian, lee williams boudakian, Emily Mkrtichian, and Anahid Yahjian.
Released in 2015, Dear Armen is a short film by Kamee Abrahamian and lee williams boudakian.
Published in 2016, Queer Roots for the Diaspora: Ghosts in the Family Tree by Jarrod Hayes is nonfiction academic book, a “comparative study in Queer diaspora studies.”
Published in 2019, a guide to heartbreak: advice and tips on navigating through the initial painful phase of the end, or significant transition, of a relationship is by a non-binary trans person of Armenian descent, who uses the nom de plume: A Queer Minnesotan. As such, it is a first [*] of its kind.
Published in 2013, The Return of Kikos by Armen of Armenia (Armen Ohanyan) is the first [*] short story collection by a Queer Armenian writer.
Released in 2014, All is Found is a short film by Kamee Abrahamian and Katelyn Partlow.
Debuting in 2019, City of Dove Women by Arpi Adamyan is an art installation which Adamyan describes as a “hybridization of multiple contradictions.”
Published in 2018 on escholarship.org, A Life of Otherness: Identity Negotiation, Family Relations, and Community Experiences among LGBQ Armenians in Los Angeles by Rosie Vartyter Aroush is a first of its kind dissertation that researches, “the struggles endured and strategies employed by Los Angeles lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer (LGBQ) Armenians in negotiating and reconciling their multiple identities by constantly privileging then covering one over the other.”
Released in 2017, Adamantine is a short film by Art Arutyunyan, a gay Armenian writer, director, animator and producer.
Beginning in 2013, Bavakan has been publishing their poetry through their eponymous blog Bavakan.
Since 2001, Eve Beglarian has been creating Book of Days, which features a recording, accompanied by images or video, for each day of the year. The on-going project is at 130 days. The Los Angeles Times wrote that Book of Days is, “a grand and gradually manifesting work in progress…an eclectic and wide-open series of enticements.” The project is one of a kind.
Released in 2010, Delicious Fruit by Melissa Boyajian is a short experimental film utilizing recontextualized footage of Sergei Parajanov’s archetypal film The Color of Pomegranates.
Published on April 24, 2015, I Didn’t Have to Procreate to Carry on my Armenian-American Family Legacy is a op-ed published in The Washington Post by Haig Chahinian.
Published in 2007, Forgotten Bread: First Generation Armenian American Writers, edited by David Kherdian, is a notable anthology in that it includes a selection from Arlene Voski Avakian’s memoir Lion Woman’s Legacy.
Frayed by Sevan Mujukian is a series of interactive audiovisual landscapes about diaspora, longing, memory, and carpets.
Scheduled to be released in 2021, Parev Mama (Hello Mother) is a short film written and directed by Natalie Shirinian.
Published in 1906, The Anglo-American Alliance: A Serio-Comic Romance and Forecast of the Future by Gregory Casparian is considered to be the first [*] science fiction novel featuring two heroines who are Lesbian. The novel features the relationship in a positive light and also features a case of gender reassignment.
Published in 2020, Queer Motherhood is Speculative Fiction by Kamee Abrahamian is featured in Mizna: Queer + Trans Voices.
Published in 2018 by the Armenian Review (Volume 56. No. 1-2 Spring-Summer 2018), Queering Armenian Studies may be the first [*] collection of articles, book reviews, essays/conversations, and stories about Queer Armenians published by an academic press.
Published in 1992, Maybe the Moon by Armistead Maupin features a gay Armenian-American character, Jeff Kassabian. Maupin’s inspiration for the character was George Stambolian.