Aram Krikorian on Activism, Intersectionality, and Their Book Ճանապարը (The Road)

Aram Krikorian’s intersectionalities run deep. Aram is a nonbinary queer artivist based in Berkeley, California. They are Armenian, Palestinian, French Canadian and American. Using their unique lens and background, Aram creates artwork that connects directly with public activism. Though Aram never imagined they could be a public artist, over the past few years, they have […]

28 December 2021 | Alexa Gris

The Red Painting

by Paula Kjdrian Tonight  I am just another slut,  only in white.  A pandora’s box, an attempt to see if my purity is a hoax. Tonight  I will promise my eternity,  my children, my body.  He will promise his love to me only if I meet what he expects of me.  Tonight  I will lay […]

16 November 2021 | Paula Kjdrian

A Letter to an Old Friend

by Alexa Gris Thinking about you happens often, without my permission, but it happens.  I don’t want to miss you, but sometimes I do. I don’t want to hate you, but most of the time, I do. Ten years later, why do you still take up so much space in my mind after taking what […]

10 October 2021 | Alexa Gris

I remember that girl

By Maria Kjdrian  Content Warning: sexual assault, childhood trauma I remember that child, that happy, go-lucky child. I have pictures of her in my album. Yes, I do remember her. But weirdly, I can’t seem to remember being her.  Why is it so difficult for me to recollect all the happy moments and fun experiences […]

25 August 2021 | Maria Kjdrian

Queer Armenian Voices: Hagop Najarian

The relationship between Armenian parents and their LGBTQ+ children often ends with a strained relationship or complete loss of family.  Armenian parents and families fear what they don’t know, or what the community deems “unnatural.” Instead, they’d rather hide the truth from themselves and friends by denying the “queer” part of their child.  I gather […]

30 July 2021 | Azad Archives

Reflections on being a Queer Armenian

By: Alexandria Kazandjian To openly say I am a queer Armenian is a privilege I never thought I would have. I have gone from feeling outcast from my community for not speaking Armenian to coming out directly to the Armenian community as a nonbinary lesbian. Understanding identity, whether it be related to ethnicity, gender, or […]

07 July 2021 | Azad Archives

A Free Palestine Means a Borderless SWANA Region: Interview with Nancy Bartekian

When I first met Nancy Bartekian, the idea for her anti-colonial, transnational collective SWANA Chicago was in its infancy. In the wake of the 2020 Artsakh War, she had noticed a lack of solidarity between Armenians and other groups in the SWANA (SouthWest Asia and North Afrika) region. Building on her work as a Palestinian-Armenian […]

01 July 2021 | Araxie Cass

Queer Armenian Voices: Aren Adamian

Growing up going to everyday Armenian school, I was made fun of for being feminine. The first time someone called me gay, I was in the first grade. I had no idea what it meant, but from the derogatory tone it was said in, it sounded ‘bad’ and carried so much shame with it. Even […]

03 June 2021 | Azad Archives

Queer Armenian Voices: Rachel Keteyian

My experience growing up queer and Armenian is a set of parallel lines. The first line is my Armenian life: growing up in Armenian church, Armenian grandparents, traditional values soaked in Christian morality.  The second line is my queer life: attending a gifted school, having many queer classmates, coming out when I was 16 and […]

01 June 2021 | Azad Archives