The Struggle of Being Gay in Albania

The Struggle of Being Gay in Albania

arfafgeg Up until the mid 90’s, if you’re openly gay in Albania you’ll be sent to prison. Our greek colleagues travelled to Albania and met with homosexuals who’ve suffered from bigotry and violence as a part of life in one of the Europe’s most homophobic countries. This is “Gay Albania”. I was starting this in a new formal group of around 4 or 5 girls in the beginning. But after 2 years then we with the support of many like international organizations with the help of civil right defenders, we had the possibility to open this center that has been like working as a outreach and support. There are these centers for mostly for young LGBT people from 18 to 25 years old. Most of people that frequent center for example had tried at least once to kill themselves. They think that the stigma is big like you are shaming the surname of the family you are shaming your family so it’s a question of honor. So I think that when we reach out to the families to make them understand that there is not “they” and “us”. Then we will have a victory in this country. We were lucky to have some stupid guys throwing some explosive I say we were lucky because it created a debate you know People for the first time saw that, yes, there is a problem with this people. There is a problem with this community because until that moment, everyone was saying “No one descriminates them” “Nothing goes wrong with them” “They can be in their home, inside their home and do whatever they want” But for the first time they saw this reaction from some part of the society. The year after that was a sunny day. And it was… They were around 80 or 90 people taking the bicycles. The problem here we have is to to implement to those. If you see the situation only by checking the laws, Albania is far more progressive than Greece. Do you think that the gay people are living better here than in Greece? I don’t think so. So the biggest challenge that the movement is facing right now in Albania is domestic violence and the reasons why we started to work with the shelter was exactly this one : “How are we going to address domestic violence ?” which is not reported to the police and which is hidden violence. What guys say about the club Yeah, it’s difficult to take it in Albania a club like that. Not because the LGBT life in Albania is dangerous but most of the guys there are younger and their family, maybe doesn’t know that they are LGBT community. I want to force the How to say… to make more stronger the transgender community. In the beginning when they came in my club I created a room for them to dress there. And now they are coming from their house, coming dressed like a woman. And this for me is a good thing because now they don’t have more fear like they had in the beginning you know.

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

100 thoughts on “The Struggle of Being Gay in Albania

  1. Are christian caucasian people(armenian,georgians,caucasian germans)culturally eastern europe or middle east?armenia,Georgia is geographic in the middle east

  2. And this????? Is next in line for the european union… what kind of bullshit economy & backwards views are we trying to bring into the EU… Oh shit, sorry… Cheap labour & migration, thats right. Passing made up laws just to get ahead, yet no one does anything for human rights & outright says they'll kill a man on TV.

  3. This video is an example of sodomite and Gomorrah propaganda trying to force their propaganda on everyone…….. Any rational person knows the difference between human rights promotion and promoting marketing of sodomite (synonyms with pedophile) propaganda

  4. How about you focus on the majority of Muslim country’s that literally stone people for being gay A lot of Albanians aren’t Muslim and we probably have less homophobia the United States we will get are problem sorted out

  5. Albanians are people from the mountains…untill 1912 they were 99%illiterate and their language was not written…What would you expect from such little boring country?they hate peoples not homologated to their standard lifestyle made up by nationalism,fake historical facts,machism,prevarication of men over women,asslicking of power etc…stay away from this shit…go elsewhwere and enjoy!

  6. why do gays force acceptance from people ok we understand you like to do crazy stuff and your wierd but now you want to indoctrinate our children and destroy our culture and religion

  7. Albania is mostly homophobic, but it’s not one of Europe’s worst. Talk about Serbia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Russia, Latvia etc.

  8. Lmao greeks making a hate documentary about Albania. they massacred over 300k Albanians in their own land in Chameria

  9. The fucking asses that say being LGBT is wrong you can fuck yourself, being LGBT is not your fucking right to hurt a person who deserves to be treated like a human FUCK YOU LGBT HATERS! have a good lifes LGBTQ community and friends that accept the LGBT community

  10. Let me catch a gay albanian and i would for sure kill him in broad daylight. Albanians are a proud warrior race, as is the rest of the balkans, and we will never bow down to the west degeneracy

  11. Estagfuirallah this is shaytan in gay people head the man said good with gun in head bam bam and finish

  12. Albania is one of the most homophobic countries.
    We are in 2019 and they still think homosexuality etc… is a disease and if one becomes gay than it's the parents fault.
    I always hated Albania I even hate their fucking language and that's why I never speak it !🤮🤮

  13. THE OBJECTIVE NATURE OF TRUTH. What does God say in His word? Homosexual desire is not what God originally intended. This is not to say that homosexual desire is the only thing that God did not originally intend. All of our desires have been distorted by sin. But God, through apostle Paul, does describe both lesbian and male homosexual behaviour as “unnatural.” Some have argued this refers to what is natural to the people themselves, so that what is in view is heterosexual people engaging in homosexual activity and thereby going against their “natural” orientation. According to this view, Paul is not condemning all homosexual behaviour, but only that which goes against the person’s own sexual inclinations. But this view cannot be supported by the passage itself. The words for “natural” and “against nature” refer not to our subjective experience of what feels natural to us, but to the fixed way of things in creation. The nature that Paul says homosexual behaviour contradicts is God’s purpose for us, revealed in creation and reiterated throughout Scripture. Everything that goes against God's design and will for humans needs repentance. God says we should seek Him while He may be found which means there will be a time when He can no longer be found. So if we ask when to repent, there's no better time than now.

  14. Oh common people try being straight . Ask your self would have vice had to even consider making this documentary if people tried being straight.

  15. If I see this fucking people in street i punch in face for 2 hours and when he to go in home mother to not recognise for 2 year

  16. well ive been to Albania once…. children (5 year olds or less) alone on the highway, a 2 year old toddler crying alone in the middle of the park, poverty is everywhere, traffic worst that I have ever experienced, cows and sheep in roundabouts. Seriously albania is a shithole. Apparently the mentality is that of a shithole country as well. We're in 2019, grow up. Live and let live.

  17. Wow, what the trans woman said. The doctor said, “why don’t they just kill them?” A doctor, who we think of as someone who took an oath to save lives, and it’s the cop who actually defended her? It’s so sad to see these stories and think, “What If they could live in more liberal European countries, or the US, Canada or Australia? Somewhere they could be more free to be themselves & have more opportunities. So much of the west has changed so quickly (historically speaking) over LGBT rights over the past few decades. Sometimes you can forget just how awful it is for LGBT people in other parts of the world. 🧡

  18. Its all ur choice look you born a man you are a man and you must marry a woman
    You born as a woman you are a woman and you must marry a man

  19. Never Homosexuality in Albanian Land never!!!!! We will never allow this bullshit thanks god all albanians think so christians and muslims we will stay together and never allow this shit in our country. They can go to Canada if they want but not in your country we will not allow that some stupid idiots destroy our culture

  20. Nothing against people fucking in what hole they want … but i don’t like them doing parades i dont see a reason to go naked in the streets and yelling how proud you are being gay … nobody cares

  21. The problem is religion the exact same thing that causes every other war and discontentment around the world. Albania remains a deeply religious country, faith is part of the majority of people's daily life. Where as for example in the U.K. a very small percentage of people are religious very few attend a weekly church service let alone faith being a big part of daily life. When the U.K was a very Christian country and faith mattered a great deal, when its citizens could be considered practicing Christians, homosexuality was not accepted. As religion lost its appeal to many slowly it became acceptable to be openly Lesbian, Gay and transgender. Albania won't ever get to that place, as long as the country remains poor religion will always remain a high priority and of great importance. Many Albanians will always take the view it's one or the other religion or homosexuality you'll never be accepted as both.

  22. You send greeks to talk about albanias situation?? Whats next yall gonna ask north korea what america is like? Next time please go personally or send an albanian from albania or kosovo bitch

  23. Being gay is totally unnatural and this is not true that gays are born gay, they actually choose to be gay, they set their minds up for being gay.
    They should be respected as human being but not as gay.

  24. So much prejudism and discrimination from the religious group. So spiteful. They need to learn how to co-exist than to hate other people of different belief than theirs.

  25. Why can't gays respect society where homosexuality is not accepted! Do your private stuff at home then. It's like if i go to india and eat beef next to everyone.

  26. I had to laughe when he said we are for morality 😂. Albania need help to get out of the 1920‘s. (All balkans but especially Albania)

  27. Albania! Albania! You border on the Adriatic, your land is mostly mountainous and your chief export is chrome! You're a Communist republic. You're a Red Regime….

  28. That Murat Basha Guy is definitely a closet gayand he hates himself. The most homophobic people are usually homosexuals themselves.

  29. I’ve met some Albanian people , and every single one has a very sad past , I feel so bad , how can this people suffer so much …… some from war , poverty , rape , so many things they have told me breaks my heart 😢

  30. It's disgusting how the world want to diffuse this society's cancer in Albania and Kosovo,how the world want to destroy the Albanians moral and families. Pfff…we have other problems,we don't need another like that. 🤮

  31. im Albanian and I went there and tourists only visit the capital, most of the other towns live in poverty and can barely feed there Children.

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