On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 2:40 AM, Christian Garbis <***> wrote:
Hi, My name is Christian Garbis. I am a writer from the US living in Yerevan. My blog is called Notes From Hairenik, and I also write for the Armenian Weekly, which prints in Boston. I want to write an article about the Gay and Lesbian community in Armenia. I've already spoken to Mamikon Hovsepyan and several other gay men, but I wanted to get the viewpoint from lesbian women as well. Mamikon suggested that I contact you.
If you don't mind, could you answer some questions for me?
1. What has it been like for women who are lesbians living in a monoethnic and traditional society where homosexuality is not really tolerated or accepted? Homosexuality is a taboo subject for Armenians in general (including the US) that people do not want to address or understand. Please give an overall view and even a personal view if you would like to.
2. What are the reactions from family members when they learn that their daughter/sister is a lesbian?
3. Do lesbians face prejudice and scorn from people in society? How are lesbians treated? Are lesbian women assumed to be heterosexual for instance by society or do lesbians make there sexual orientation obvious to others?
4. Do you see future changes in the way society tolerates homosexuals in Armenia?
5. Finally, perhaps a strange question. Some Armenian men I spoke to would consider marrying a woman to have children so long as the wife-to-be accepted his gay lifestyle and personal needs. Do some lesbians wish the same from straight men to have children? Has this been done?I may want to use quotes from your answers (whoever answers this message). If you could write your name, that will be helpful. Your name will be changed for the article, do not worry about that.
Thanks for your help and regards,