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Gay couple posts one last photo together before jumping to death in Armenia

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It’s a story you don’t understand, as it is 2022, and we are still dealing with homophobia in the world. The latest story comes from Armenia about a young gay couple who shared their last photo kissing on social media before jumping to their deaths from a bridge in Armenia.

On Oct. 20, the two men, identified as Arsen and Tigran, jumped from the 301-foot Davitashen Bridge in the capital of Yerevan, Pink Armenia reported. Right before the couple jumped, they posted a photo of them kissing on Instagram. The caption read, “Happy End. We made the decision together to share photos and take the next steps.”

The couple shared other photos also, including them getting facials together and showing off what appears to be wedding rings. One of the men was said to have been 16 or 17 years old, while the other was a few years older, the New York Post reported.

According to reports, the parents of Tigran and Arsen did not approve of their relationship, and the couple had received threats before their deaths.

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Pink Armenia wrote, “The young men still had many years of life ahead of them, but because of intolerance towards them, they took such a tragic step. 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.”

According to Armenia’s gay rights organization, people still flooded their page with vile, homophobic comments after the couple’s Instagram post went viral. While homosexuality was decriminalized in Armenia in 2003, many members of the LGBTQ community in the former Soviet country decided to keep their same-sex relationships a secret due to widespread intolerance.

For LGBTQ rights in Europe and Central Asia, Armenia ranks 47th out of 49 countries, just ahead of Turkey and Azerbaijan. These numbers come from ILGA-Europe, which measure hostility toward gay people.

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