Support Pink's work in the regions

by Pink human rights defender NGO
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Support Pink's work in the regions
Support Pink's work in the regions
Support Pink's work in the regions
Support Pink's work in the regions
Support Pink's work in the regions
Support Pink's work in the regions
Support Pink's work in the regions
Support Pink's work in the regions
Support Pink's work in the regions
"Maybe We Exist" queer artists exhibition
"Maybe We Exist" queer artists exhibition

Pink's community centers in the regions serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ people to receive free professional support, including counseling of psychologists, lawyers, and social workers, as well as participate in educational, informational, recreational, outreach and other events. 

In the regions from August to November 2022, we provided nine legal professional counselings, dozens of peer counselings by the community officer, and referrals to a social worker were also made. Regarding psychological support, about 50 psychological counselings were provided to the beneficiaries, most of which were on issues of domestic violence, anxiety, and acceptance, also addressing the issues of identity, expression and social attitude. 

The legal counselings were mainly related to obtaining a residence permit, exercising civil and criminal procedural rights and fulfilling obligations, and expected support in case of temporary inability to work. Beneficiaries also applied to legal counseling on the protection of sensitive personal information, and cases of hate speech based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Peer counselings were mainly connected to domestic violence, bullying, and other concerns; ultimately, these cases were referred to the social worker

Besides professional support, many community activities and events were held from August to November, such as events on self-care and art, on Coming Out Day and other significant days, as well as film screenings, group discussions with social workers and lawyers, game evenings, exhibition and art collage-making activities were carried out to enlighten the perception of queer art.

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Pink Armenia continues to organize various events, workshops and camps within the framework of the community empowerment program in the regions. The main goal of these activities is to unite the representatives and allies of the regional community. During the events, specialists try to create a safe space where people can openly discuss the issues that concern them and share their experiences.  

Since 2019, Pink established an office in one of Armenia’s regions, which continues to provide various services and where educational and entertainment events are organized for the LGBT+ community and allies until this very day. Over the past four months, from April to July, the regional office has implemented more than 15 events to empower the LGBT+ community and allies, build their capacity, and increase their legal awareness and overall wellbeing.  

During the events, the participants shared their concerns about the discriminatory treatment of LGBT+ people in the regions while trying to find solutions to fight against discrimination and increase the atmosphere of tolerance in the regions. Our lawyer presented the topic of human rights and the necessary skills to exercise those rights.

The regional office continued to provide a full range of services to the LGBT+ community and its allies. During the recent months, 33 beneficiaries were supported by our social worker, psychologists, lawyer, and peer-to-peer counseling.

To protect the rights of LGBT+ people, Pink implemented regular activities in several regions. Two thematic workshops and one camp were organized throughout April-July. We had 12-15 participants in the respective workshops and 13 participants in the camp.

Within the framework of these meetings, the participants discussed issues related to sexuality, gender stereotypes, gender roles, coming out, self-acceptance, internalized homophobia, and the specifics of the services provided.

Our work on raising awareness about sexuality and creating safe spaces for LGBT+ people in the regions is only possible due to your generous donations and trust. We started to establish a second regional office in Armenia where we are going to provide professional counselings, thereby creating another safe space for the LGBT+ community.

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Pink Armenia’s office in the region continues to conduct events and activities, as well as provide full package of services to LGBTQ community.

Around 20 events were conducted during the last 4 months in our regional office, all aiming to empower, strengthen and build the capacity of LGBTQ community members as well as create a safe space in the region. The events were themed around the topics of sexuality, gender, feminism, equality, personal boundaries, human rights etc. We have conducted different events for LGBTQ community and allies including film screenings, forum theaters, discussions, workshops, seminars, etc.

Since December our psychologist, social worker, lawyer and peer counselors have assisted 25 beneficiaries and provided more than 60 counselings.

In January the annual planning of Pink Armenia took place, where the regional office was able to discuss the activities and strategic directions, took a lookback on the activities conducted in the last year and developed an action plan for 2022.

Despite the challenges and threats received from the society our regional office continued to gain new achievements. We strengthened the safety of the community center in the region and worked on capacity building and empowering our community.

“Having such a safe place helps us to feel better, accept ourselves, open-up about what’s important for us and to speak up. While participating in different events I managed to build trust and connections with others and with the staff,” as one of our beneficiary's states.

We want to convey our gratitude and highlight that all of this is possible due to your generous donations and the support to of our work in regions of Armenia.

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During the last 4 months, our regional office held thematic meetings with the LGBTQ community and allies. Most of the events, such as film screenings, discussions, workshops were dedicated to community strengthening, capacity building and ensuring the creation of a safe space.

Since August 2021, our social worker and psychologist worked with 25 beneficiaries in the region. Also we managed to hire a new lawyer who works with the regional team and provides online and in-person counselings to our beneficiaries. During this period we had 40 beneficiaries constantly visiting the regional office, attending social events and gatherings.

There is a need to acknowledge the existing challenges for our regional office and the community there. These challenges include safety and security issues, especially in the aftermath of the 2020 war and the continuous aggression of Azerbaijan. In such a situation, LGBTQ people are targeted in hate speech campaigns and political manipulations.

Despite the challenges, our regional office has had significant achievements, one of the most significant ones is the establishment and the impact of the office as a safe space. We have ensured sustainable and respectful communication as well as collaboration on interpersonal, emotional and interesting issues. We have also prioritized the importance of trust-building while leading discussions with our specialists and service providers to sustain the quality of the services provided to the LGBTQ community.

We want to take this opportunity to highlight that Pink Armenia’s regional office is sustained through your generous donations and crowdfunding efforts. We appreciate your support and dedication to the advancement of the rights of LGBTQ people in Armenia’s regions.

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Our office in the region faced numerous challenges in the past year, both due to COVID-19 and the war, but we were able to overcome the challenges ahead, becoming one of the only safe spaces for LGBT+ people in Armenia’s regions.

Our regional office has been very active in the past few months, we have had various events and interesting days. From March to May, we organized two-month-long yoga classes by the request of the visitors. A series of meetings related to sexuality titled “What is queer?”, a meeting with a sexologist, meeting with a person living with HIV were organized. Several other meetings on the topic of sexuality are planned, as a result of the interest expressed by the community to discuss and learn more about the subject matter. One of the great achievements of these past few months has been the creation of a book corner, where reading hours are regularly organized, and our library is being replenished with new interesting books.

A meeting with a lawyer was organized as well, where the attendees talked about their rights, did a role play, after which the attendees had the opportunity to receive individual counseling on spot. LGBT+ films and documentaries screenings took place in our regional office, followed by discussions. A month-long painting course was organized, where the community members were able to improve their painting skills and to decorate the office space with their paintings.

It was very important to meet LGBT+ people’s parents, as most of our community members are teenagers and young people who often face problems with their parents. It was also important to understand that there is a possibility to solve many of these problems and that there are many parents of LGBT+ people who are openly supporting their children. It was a very important achievement for our regional office that 11 people (community and staff members) from the office took part in the Pride Camp dedicated to the Pride Month that we organized earlier in June.

Since January 2021, our regional office has welcomed around 50 people, out of which 45 people have received counseling from the social worker, 13 people have received continuous psychological counseling and 3 individuals received legal counseling services. At this moment, the social worker is providing counseling to 10 people and the psychologist is working with 6 individuals.

It is only through your generous contributions that all of this has been made possible, so we want to thank you for your unequivocal support for our work in Armenia’s regions.

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Pink human rights defender NGO

Location: Yerevan - Armenia
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Twitter: @pinkarmenia
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Mamikon Hovsepyan
Yerevan, Yerevan Armenia
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