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March with AGLA NY in the 2013 NYC Pride Parade

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AGLA NY at the 2012 Pride Parade

We will be marching once again in this year’s NYC Pride Parade!

This is an event that our members are excited about each year, and we hope to make this year another great one.

We are meeting on 38th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues at 12:30pm – specifically, we are in section 8 / group 8. If you have trouble finding us or want to make sure you have a phone number to contact on the day of the event, please email info [at]

You can also RSVP to the Facebook event as well – and again, all are welcome to attend!

Announcing the 1st AGLA NY Benefit Fundraiser

Thursday, May 23, 2013
7 – 10 pm

22 N. 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Eventbrite - AGLA NY Annual Benefit

Keynote speakers: Nancy Agabian and Maria Mähl
Appetizers: (Armenian-style) mezze and pomegranate martinis will be served
A silent auction: featuring art and books by prominent Armenian talents

The primary goals of our first benefit event will be to establish an emergency fund to help LGBT people in need in Armenia and the diaspora, and to continue to support AGLA-NY’s activities for the following year. Notably, a portion of the funds raised will be used to establish the George Stambolian Memorial Scholarship for LGBT students or those of Armenian descent.


George Stambolian was a scholar of French literature and became an early proponent of LGBT literature in academia and within the U.S. at large. Born in 1937 to an Armenian American family in Racine, Wisconsin, he attended Dartmouth College, then earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin.  Soon after, he become an expert and beloved professor of French literature at Wellesley College, and a noted figure in the literary scene of New York City, where he lived.  In the late 1980s and early 90s, he edited the groundbreaking anthology series Men on Men and helped to establish LGBT literature as a genre and field of study during the gay rights movement.  Stambolian was known for his quick wit, wry sense of humor and his remarkable humility.  Like many in his generation, his life was cut short by AIDS, in 1991.  AGLA-NY honors his legacy by establishing a scholarship in his memory.

Nancy Agabian is an author and a professor at NYU and Queens College. Her memoir, Me as her again, was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and a William Saroyan International Writing Prize.  Agabian has served as co-President of AGLA NY in 2005 and 2006 and currently sits on its Board of Trustees.  She was a student of George Stambolian at Wellesley College and will speak about his legacy.

Maria Mähl is a Human Rights Advocate who currently works at the UN on women’s security and peace building and SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) rights.

The general public may RSVP at or send checks payable to AGLA-NY, c/o GOS, 181 N. 11th Street, Suite 302, Brooklyn, NY 11211.

Since 1998, AGLA NY has been providing space for lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender Armenian Americans, their partners, and their allies to come together as a community. The forum to network fosters their visibility and strengthens their cultural and ethnic ties to queer and Armenian communities. We seek to inform these communities, as well as the general public, about issues of importance to LGBT Armenians.

AGLA Bowling Night! Sunday March 24


Hey everyone! Join AGLA at the lanes as we go bowling on Sunday, March 24 6-8PM

RSVP and get the details on Facebook

New members and old members alike are welcome to join us, socialize, and throw for strikes at this gathering, and we are hoping to see all of you there. Please feel free to invite your friends!

The cost for bowling will be $22/person for the lane cost and shoes. Food and drinks are also available at Bowlmor Lanes.

Looking forward to seeing who can bowl a perfect yerek hariur (300)!

Dealing with Difference: Nancy Agabian and Nelli Sargsyan-Pittman present creative and documentary approaches to LGBT Armenian Issues

Join us for a fascinating lecture series from two of our scholar-members at the LGBT Center Room 310 on Friday, April 5th at 7:30pm. No tickets needed.

RSVP and get more details on Facebook

In May of last year in Yerevan, two self-identified neo-fascist youths firebombed the gay-friendly bar DIY, and a mob of young protesters attacked a peaceful diversity march several weeks later. Many in the Armenian-American community were dismayed by these acts of hatred in their homeland, but others expressed homophobic sentiments — as evidenced by articles and online comments. This event will shed light on some of the roots, causes and effects of homophobia and intolerance towards difference in both Armenia and its diaspora. This will hopefully start a reflective conversation on how to effect positive change in both these spheres.

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Armenians and Progressive Politics NYC Conference September 29-29

The fourth installment of the “Armenians and Progressive Politics” conference focusing on “Armenia at 21” will be held at Columbia University on Sept. 28-29. The conference will bring together distinguished activists, academics, and politicians from Armenia, Europe, South America, and the U.S.

The Friday night plenary session will consider the Occupy movement and the revolutions in the Arab world and their relevance for Armenia. The evening’s speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges, Sarah Leah Whitson, Director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, and Arpine Galfayan, President of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights in Armenia.

The six panels scheduled for Sept. 29 will examine: the 21-year trajectory of Armenia’s statehood, economy, and society; rule of law, corruption, and elections; development of civil society; Armenian-Turkish relations; foreign policy; and natural resources policy.

View additional details at or click here view the flyer.

Several AGLA NY members are hoping to attend and Mamikon Hovsepyan of PINK Armenia and Lara Aharonian of WRCA will be speaking at noon on Saturday.

AGLA NY Meeting – Wed Sept 12th 7:30PM at the LGBT Center

Our next general meeting is scheduled for Wed Sept 12, 2012 at 7:30PM at the NYC LGTB Center in Room 203.

All members new and old are welcome to attend and help us plan our upcoming events for the coming year.

We will be scheduling monthly meetings and several events for the Fall season so please try to attend so that we can meet everyone.
Hope to see you there!

AGLA NY General Meeting
Wednesday Sept 12th, 7:30PM

LGTB Center (Room 203)
208 W 13th St (Btw 7th & 8th Aves)
New York, NY

View the details & RSVP on the Facebook Event Page

AGLA NY at the 2011 NYC Pride Parade

All photos (C) Scout Tufankjian