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.

Comments (100)

  1. Murat Basha = Legend

  2. 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

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

  4. What a great country with good laws

  5. Uhm…. It's a Muslim Country HELLO?!?. Move to a normal country if you're gay.

  6. 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 !??

  7. Just try being straight for a day . You l love it ?

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

  9. Γιατί μιλανε Ελληνικά;

  10. bruh let the albanian watch james charles and the other gays

  11. 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

  12. That gay dude said his father didnt abused him much…only stabbing????

  13. 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.

  14. 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. ?

  15. Xheni is very beautiful.

  16. 27:10 you all are stupid people look at what you support prostitution wow i
    You all gonna burn

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. hey Vice how about that David Chapelle special?! F vice!

  20. For a second I thought it said alabama

  21. 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

  22. prison aint the worst thing u can do to a gay person if you know what im sayin

  23. 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.

  24. Well first of all albania shouldn't be a country

  25. I legit teared up when the mother was speaking about her son and defending him. :")

  26. Just bc I don’t agree with homosexuality doesn’t make me homophobic. Those terms are used too closely.

  27. We are descended from an ancient a strong race we shouldn’t have such bullshit in our countries.Damn it people

  28. I am albanian and after watching this i deleted my watch history since im not gay and being gay is a religion problem

  29. Every body can fuck who they want at home.

  30. You get killd if you are gay and don't say a albania gay because you get killed

  31. 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

  32. Albania wants to join the EU so everyone can get the heck out of that toilet

  33. 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.

  34. Poor Angela, she suffered too much, god why…

  35. How is this possible when every Albanian is homosexual?

  36. One Thing
    Karma Is A BITCHH

  37. 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.

  38. Bravo Kosov bravo shqiperi, krejt kta qe jon gay duhet mi qu ne burg

  39. I am albanians and i hate gays so much

  40. And they ask what is wrong being a Muslim? Either you support progress or you support Islam, Both don't belong together.

  41. 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.

  42. Murat Basha shame on u

  43. WOW !! Murat Basha is a legend

  44. 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)

  45. 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….

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

  47. Impliment the Shariyat & bring them back to fold of Islam.

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  49. 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 ?

  50. 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. ?

  51. 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.


  53. 0:19 "This is Gay Albania." .. Laughs!

  54. Being homosexual is okay, but being a crossdresser not.

    Also a Greek talking shit about homophobic countries? What fucking hypcrites, ironically Greece is the literally the MOST RAMBLING HOMOPHOBIC country in Europe by far. Take a look at Greek verbal assaults on homosexuals by Greeks and the gruesome hatred and fear of them and compare it with Albanian tame homophobia. It's WORSE since Greeks are schizophrenic-tending and psychotocally incapable of introspection.

    Have you ever you foreigners TRANSLATED any Greek YouTube comments? Greeks are fucking autistic and messed up. Honestly they are the LAST SHAKEN-MINDED that should be fit to talk about the homophobia in Albania. Also who is that hysterical miserable psychoneurotic bitch with that pompous snobbish voice in the background overpronuncing words?

  55. Islam a ReLiGiOn Of PeAcE… ?

  56. Praying for the lgbt community in this country to be well and safe.Today,tommorow and the rest of the coming years. ? you are all loved .

  57. Prej qiva familen ngoj.

  58. First the parades, then the sleazy mags, then the decadent clubs, then the drag queen story hours, then the men winning women's sports. Who can blame these people for complaining? They've seen how it's always gone in other countries.

  59. Everybody will judge you

  60. Religion is the worst thing ever happened to human kind. There is nothing wrong with homosexuality. It's natural.This is just who we are and I have never seen an LGBTQ+ harms anyone because they are LGBTQ+. But homophobia ruins the lives of millions. Homophobes have no right to ruin our lives.

  61. müslümanların olduğu her yer kanser böyle

  62. Plot twist: Murat is gay but he afraid to go to jail so.. Lol. Hahahahahahha

  63. Try to read qur, an you will found the reality and thrut

  64. God bless Albania a real man's Country.

  65. Woooow a doc about albania by greeks is like a doc abaout amerika from russia, of course they try to put them in a bad light. Sry but take some neutral ppl

  66. We don’ like gays . They are an insult to our people

  67. Islam is right about homosexuality

  68. At least 70% of population in Albania is gay,albanians secretly love beign called gay,GAY IS OKAY IN ALBANIA I HOPE THIS COUNTRY ONE DAY WILL BECOME 99% GAY ❤❤❤??????

  69. If you wanna be gay Be gay but keep it to yourself now you want to go to church where you don’t belong there have your own worship place I don’t know what would you call it but …
    Keep it to yourself why are you coming in the streets of Tirana to say what ? What do you expect Albanians to say? Aw well done yeah go on? Bullshit keep it on your home nobody cares pse e Qi bithen Ti …po edhe ata qe u ngacmojne juve legena jane …
    Un jam kunder faktit qe juve te sulmoheni etj etj por Jetoni Jeten tuj ..asnjeri nuk iu ngacmon..

  70. The EU is a corrupt dictatorship and does nothing to protect lgbt people

  71. I love that a particular religion can allow the marriage of adult men to children, the rape of children (as long as they're a stranger), take multiple wives, rape women who they deem unsuitably dressed and spend no time or energy exposing extremist killers within their ranks, but believe they can say ANYTHING about how anyone else lives their lives. Oh, don't worry, eventually you'll be next.

  72. In Turkey they say they hate gays as well but most of the turkish man loves ladyboys that is true

  73. As an Albanian I feel heart broken on how they treat people.. PS im not gay

  74. I'm sorry but any man who is so worried about what the next man is doing in his bedroom is GAY. Homophobes are self-hating gays or bisexuals/curious people in the closet.

  75. The age of consent in Albania is 14

  76. Homophobic is the wrong word. Phobia is fear.
    To say you’re against homosexuality doesn’t mean you fear it. It just means you don’t agree with or accept it as normal. Murat is right.


  78. Gay Albania nonono!

  79. on peut remarquer que la grande majorité des homophobes sont musulmans, avoir un enfant gay c'est le honte le déshonneur de la famille, mais le vol ,être un assassin ça n'est pas une honte ???? c'est bien pire, ces muslims avancent avec des oeillères, sans pouvoir faire un retour sur eux mêmes et savoir ce qu'ils devraient faire dans un tel cas!!!! mais comme la société condamne, alors on ne va pas plus loinon condamnent, ce sont des damnés ,des satans, et peut être qu'un jour ,ne vont ils pas subir ce sort dans une réincarnation…. La bible dit ; aimes ton prochain ,comme tu t'aimes toi même, on a pas choisit d'être gay ,qd ces abrutis d'homophobes vont ils le comprendre !!!!!

  80. I have no words for this. This just breaks my heart. I will never be able to understand this kind of unfounded hatred and ignorance towards others and denying them all dignity, human rights, civil rights, etc. whilst demanding every right for your entitled self. This is the total opposite of humanity. You’d think that abject poverty, corruption, nationalism, drugs, mafia and illiteracy would be far bigger problems than the LGBTQI-community.

  81. Im Albanian but when I saw the Muslims protesting that make me mad because Albania it’s not a muslim country and get the fuck of the streets let peope do whatever they want

  82. I agree with the bullet but for the one who sugested that.He is so useless to society.

  83. 60% of Albania population consists of Muslim. Muslim do not approve homosexual.

  84. Another piece of shit country…

  85. I read Alabama, wtf?

  86. i love the homeless trasgender she was so iconic, i hope her life gets better <33 she deserves comfort and happiness like everyone else and it makes me so angry that beautiful people suffer at the hands of hatred

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