Book Reading and Signing with Translator/Writer Christopher Atamian

625442_10151398715549425_853280156_nAGLA NY Member Christopher Atamian will present his recent translation of the book titled The Bois de Vincennes/Vinseni Andaruh by Nigoghos Sarafian. Reception to follow. Free.

Friday March 8, 2013

238 Thompson Street, Room 279

Christopher Atamian is a noted translator, writer, and producer/director living in New York City. He produced the OBIE Award-winning play Trouble in Paradise in 2006 and was included as an invited artist to the 2009 Venice Biennale for his video Desire. His short films and videos have screened throughout the world and he publishes regularly in leading publications such as The Huffington Post and The New York Times. He has written one novel, Speaking French, and translated six books from French and Western Armenian into English, including Nigoghos Sarafian’s The Bois de Vincennes. Christopher has worked in senior-level positions for leading media companies including ABC, Ogilvy Interactive and JP Morgan’s marketing division. He is an alumnus of Harvard University, Columbia Business School and USC Film School and a former Fulbright, Bronfman and Gulbenkian Scholar


Come join us on Saturday, January 12th to celebrate Armenian Christmas!

Come Celebrate the New Year and Armenian Christmas with AGLA NY at our Annual Armenian Christmas Party on Saturday January 12th


This year’s party is being hosted by 2 of our wonderful members who will be opening up their home for the occasion!

When: Saturday January 12th, 8PM

Where: Brooklyn, NY (use RSVP email below to obtain party address)

Please email us at to let us know if you’re coming!

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’s Statement In Response to the Hungarian government’s extradition of former Azerbaijan Army lieutenant Ramil Safarov

For Immediate release
September 12, 2012
Press contact: Christopher Atamian, catamian [at] gmail [.] com

The Board and members of the Armenian Gay and Lesbian Association of New York (AGLA NY) would like to officially state their dismay concerning the Hungarian government’s extradition to Azerbaijian on August 31st, 2012 of former Azerbaijan Army lieutenant Ramil Safarov, who had already served eight years in a Budapest jail for killing Gurgen Margarian in 2004. As has been widely reported in the press, Margarian, an Armenian officer who was a fellow participant in a NATO Partnership for Peace exercise, was hacked to death in his sleep with an ax by Safarov.

The Hungarian government originally stated that it transferred the prisoner to Azerbaijan on the understanding that he would serve out the rest of his life sentence in his home country. It is difficult to take such a statement at face value, given the fact that Ilham Aliyev, the dictator who runs Azerbaijian, has referred to Armenians in only the most vile of terms and continually threatened to destroy Armenia and Nagorno-Karabagh by military means. In later statements it seems that Prime Minister Orban may have known all along that Margarian would be pardoned once in Azerbaijian. Not surprisingly upon his arrival in Baku, Lieutenant Safarov was pardoned by President Ilham Aliyev, restored to military duties and promoted to major. He was also given an apartment and awarded back pay for his time in prison. In the press, Safarov has been hailed as a national hero when he has perpetrated a hate crime, pure and simple.
The pardoning of Safarov sets back the quest for peace in the Caucasus, as it is a direct provocation to the Republic of Armenia.

The United States, the United Nations and other international organizations and governments should apply all available pressure on the Azeri government to honor its agreement with Hungary and return Safarov to where he belongs for the rest of his life—a jail cell. We also second the motion of the Hungarian opposition party for the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban—who has admitted to approving Safarov’s transfer to Baku—to resign immediately.

Founded in 1998, the Armenian Gay and Lesbian Association of New York (AGLA NY) provides a space for lesbian, gay, bi and transgender Armenian-Americans, their partners and their allies to come together as a community. It is a forum which fosters our visibility and strengthens our cultural and ethnic ties to the queer communities and Armenian communities to which we each belong. The purpose of AGLA NY is also to inform both the Armenian and American communities about issues of importance to LGBT Armenians and Armenian-Americans, as well as the larger American community. For more information, visit AGLA NY at or email info [at] aglany [dot] org.

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 2012 NYC Pride Parade

Historic Petition: Armenians Support LGBT Rights in Armenia

The Armenian Gay and Lesbian Association of New York has sponsored the following historic petition that is co-signed by 20+ leading Armenian cultural figures who have unified their voices to support human rights in Armenia. This is the first time such a petition has been created in support of LGBT human rights in Armenia.

Please sign and share the petition with all your friends, family and allies.

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For Immediate Release
June 26, 2012

Press contact: Nancy Agabian,

The Government of Armenia: Honor the Constitutional Right of Each Citizen

We, the undersigned, write to support democratic and human rights for all in Armenia. We are disturbed by the May 8 firebombing of the gay-friendly bar DIY and the subsequent vandalism of the space. Attacks on the May 21st Cultural Diversity march in Yerevan by a few hundred “neo-fascists,” some wearing swastikas, lead us to fear that the democratic nature of Armenian society is threatened. Though police have done an admirable job of maintaining order over the course of the attacks, the government has not responded directly to the incidents, nor produced a clear message of tolerance for diversity. Some members of the Armenian government have even made statements condoning these attacks, going so far as to claim that such violence against LGBT Armenians is a means of protecting “the national ideology.”

We stand with the United Nations, the United States Embassy, Amnesty International, the Armenian Ombudsman, the European Union and the Council of Europe, in calling for the Armenian government to act in alignment with global human rights values. We call on President Serzh Sargsyan, his administration, members of Parliament, and all local governing leaders to honor the constitutional right of each citizen of the Armenian Republic to be treated with dignity and respect.

Initial signatories include: Nancy Agabian, Shushan Avagyan, Arlene Avakian, Peter Balakian, Anna Barseghian, Eve Beglarian, Eric Bogosian, Chris Bohjalian, Diana Der Hovanessian, Gregory Djanikian, Atom Egoyan, Aris Janigian, TJ Jourian, Nina Katchadourian, David Kherdian, Nancy Kricorian, Micheline Aharonian Marcom, Marc Nichanian, Meline Toumani, Hrag Vartanian

The text of the petition may be found here.