From the film Listen to me: Vahan, 49

When I had become of age, I knew that it was expected of me to go out on dates with girls.

I tried to be this so-called “ordinary” man and had relationships with girls, but I knew these to be lies. Later, I did not want to live those lies anymore and for seven years I was not in any kind of relationship, had no sex, no free life. Until I was 33 years old.

I decided to tell my parents and my friends because I did not want to live a double life. I am one man, one soul.

I told my parents. My father said nothing, my mom in spite of asking me not to tell anyone else, but she went ahead and told my sisters.

When one of my sisters found out about me, her relationship with me took a 180 degree turn. In an E-mail, she wrote me to stay away from her children. And that is bad for children because I used to be their favorite uncle.

“Listen to me” is a documentary film about LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgenders) community in Armenia.
The film will be on the screens in October of 2016.