Dialogue | Queer Armenian Voices

Queer Armenian Voices: Hagop Najarian

Written by Azad Archives

30 July 2021

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 hope for the Armenian community through cis-gendered straight men like my brothers. They support and love me unconditionally. 

These two men held me tight, cried and danced with me during the traditional “mother-son” dance at my wedding. Our community needs more people like my brothers.

“Love All” Graphic designed by Hagop