YEREVAN, ARMENIA — (10-26-22) — A young gay couple jumped to their deaths from a bridge in Armenia after sharing a kiss in a final photo, according to Pink America, a local LGBTQ group.

The organization reported that the two young men who were identified only as Arsen and Tigran, jumped from the 301-foot Davitashen Bridge in the capital of Yerevan last week.

Before committing suicide together on Oct. 20, the gay couple put a tragic post on Instagram, writing, “Happy End. We made the decision together to share photos and take the next steps.”

The couple posted a picture of their wedding rings. One of the youths was said to have been 16 or 17 years old, while the other was a few years older.

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Local reports claimed that Tigran and Arsen’s parents did not approve of their relationship and they had received threats before deciding to commit suicide.

“The young men still had many years of life ahead of them, but because of intolerance towards them, they took such a tragic step,” wrote Pink Armenia. “LGBT people are very familiar with the feeling of isolation and misunderstanding of family and society. This tragic incident proves once again that LGBT people in Armenia are not safe and not protected by society or the state.”

Armenia’s gay rights organization also claimed that after the couple’s Instagram post went viral, people have flooded their page with vile homophobic comments.

Homosexuality was only decriminalized in Armenia in 2003, but many members of the LGBTQ community in the former Soviet country still opt to keep their LGBTQ identity secret due to the country’s widespread intolerance.

Armenia ranks 47th out of 49 countries of Europe and Central Asia for LGBTQ rights, just ahead of Turkey and Azerbaijan, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

Article by: Andy Powell, Staff Writer

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