In 1998, the Armenian Gay and Lesbian Association of New York was founded to support LGBT Diasporan Armenians.In the fall of 2004, prompted by the announcement of Armen Avetisyan, founder of AAU (Armenian Aryan Union), an extreme right group, that some Armenian top officials were gay, various parliament members initiated heated debates that were broadcast over the public TV channel.In December 2002, the Azgayin Zhoghov (National Assembly) approved the new penal code in which the anti-gay article was removed.On 1 August 2003, President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan ratified it, bringing to an end the decades of repression against gay men in Armenia.
Nevertheless, in 2017, Armenia became the second Asian country where same-sex marriages performed abroad are recognised.
Members of Parliament stated that any member found to be gay should resign – an opinion shared by the Presidential Advisor for National Security, Garnik Isagulyan.
another NGO, emerged to promote public awareness on HIV and other STI (sexually transmitted infections) prevention but also to fight discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Armenian News reported that in the second attack on 15 May, a group of young men arrived at the gay DIY Rock Pub around 6pm, where they burned the bar's "No to Fascism" poster and drew the Nazi Swastika on the walls.
This rapidly followed a first attack earlier on 8 May, where a petrol bomb was thrown through the Rock Pub's window.