According to Mamikon Hovsepyan, the head of Pink Armenia, about 10 LGBT Armenians a year let them know of being exempted from serving in the army by the MoD order under the article 8(b) (‘mental health problems’). Of course, the real number of such exemptions could be much higher, as many people simply “do not inform us or are not aware of us”, says Mamikon in an interview with newsbook.am.
In an interview (see video, in Armenian), the head of PINK Armenia touches upon the overall state of LGBT rights in the country, as well as the possible implications of Armenia joining a Russian-sponsored customs union.
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