Transgender In Armenia

Collection with 20 media items created by U.S. Editor

09 May 2010 11:00

My photo story portrays cross dressers and transgender women that engage in sex work in Yerevan, Armenia — the most vulnerable and at-risk group in Armenia. The subjects in my photographs are predominantly young adults who have been cast off from society, who cannot find another job because of their appearance. Many of them have had a difficult childhood; they were sexually assaulted at a young age, grew up in orphanages, lived in socially insecure situations or under the care of a single parent. Being deprived of family, education and employment, many of them chose the easiest though most dangerous way to make money. Many transgender sex workers dream of having another job, a house, a family. Sometimes they organize private transgender social gatherings, where they party and dance until dawn. Transgender sex workers mainly live apart from their families, renting alone, or with a few people (in the same apartment).

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Transgenders (1 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
15 Oct 2011

Layma thinks that being a transgender is like putting a stamp of loneliness on yourself.

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Transgenders (2 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
26 Nov 2010

Despite numerous incidents of discrimination and harassment, the park next to Yerevan City Hall remains the only place where transgender sex workers can work openly.

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Transgenders (3 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
26 Nov 2010

Lorena, in the park where transgenders work at night.

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Transgenders (5 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
07 May 2010

Vika, 21, is from Abovyan City. She lives with other transgender women in an apartment in Yerevan. She has been working as a sex worker for 2 years, but her family doesn’t know what she does.

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Transgenders (6 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
12 Dec 2011

Lyalya, 45, is bisexual. During private events, he likes to dress up in women’s clothing.

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Transgenders (7 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
14 Sep 2011

Maga.19,is from Echmiadzin (Armavir region). She is working as a hairdresser in her city during the day and as a sex worker at night in Yerevan (capital of Armenia).

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Transgenders (8 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
25 Mar 2011

Layma, 30, many of transgendered sex workers lived or live in Layma's apartment. She is working as a sex worker but dreams of having another job.

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Transgenders (9 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
16 Feb 2011

Sometimes Lorena is dancing at the strip club with female dancers.

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Transgenders (10 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
10 Sep 2010

A transgender party in one of the night clubs in Yerevan.

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Transgenders (11 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
10 May 2010

Vika, 21, is from Abovyan city. She lives with other transgender women in an apartment in Yerevan. She has been working as a sex worker for 2 years, but her family doesn’t know what she does.

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Transgenders (12 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
13 Sep 2010

A transgender party in one of the night clubs in Yerevan.

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Transgenders (13 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
14 Sep 2011

Lorena-Madonna, 25, grew up in an orphanage. She was sexually abused as a child. It’s been 6 years since she’s been working in the sex trade.

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Transgenders (14 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
07 May 2010

Lorena-Madonna, 25, grew up in an orphanage. She was sexually abused as a child. It’s been 6 years since she’s been working in the sex trade.

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Transgenders (15 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
17 Feb 2011

Sometimes Lorena dances at the strip club with female dancers.

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Transgenders (16 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
14 Sep 2010

A transgender party in one of the night clubs in Yerevan.

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Transgenders (17 of 20)
Yerevan, Armenia
By Nazik Armenakyan
25 Mar 2011

Layma, 30. Many of the transgender sex workers lived or live in Layma's apartment. She is working as a sex worker but dreams of having another job.