Albanian organizations have an answer to the heated debate on LGBTI rights: A TV spot for gay and lesbians families

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Aleanca LGBT and Pro LGBT the two main LGBTI organizations in Albania published the first television spot in the framework of the International Day of Families (May 15th) and the international day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. A lesbian couple appear on their daily activities with their child in this unique spot, the first of such produced in Albania and by Albanian people. It ends with the message “Family is about love and care”.

The spot tries to answers questions raised recently by Albanian media in a heated public debate about LGBTI issues and family rights, just ahead of IDAHOT events in the small country that is struggling to advance its European integration.

“Gay and lesbian couples are a concrete reality in Albania. These couples are trying to build every day with dedication and tremendous sacrifices their lives and it is unfair that in this country some families are entitled to have full rights while others do not enjoy any of these rights”, said Xheni Karaj, a leading LGBT rights activist.

“It is the time for Albanian Parliament and politicians to take their responsibilities, to raise themselves above the prejudices and to finally amend the old Family Code in order to guarantee equal rights to everyone. We can not tolerate any more to have LGBTI families treated as second hand citizens”, said Kristi Pinderi, another leading LGBTI activist. Both Karaj and Pinderi are the leaders of the LGBTI movement in the country.

Albania will mark this week its 5th Tirana Gay (P)Ride, the most important pride event, followed up by screening at the Prime Minister Palace of Ska Ndal a long featured documentary about the LGBT movement and the announcement of 10 well known public figures in Albania who have supported LGBTI cause as “Allies of the Year”. On May 20th, a gala fundraising dinner will be organized at the former Royal Palace in Tirana to raise money for STREHA, which is the first residential shelter for LGBTI young homeless people, being forced to move out of their families because of their sexual orientation and / or gender identity.

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  • Une

    Kjo nuk ka asnje lidhje me familjen. Kjo nuk eshte familje.

    • Mayflower1978

      esht familjen, o mut, o magjup.

      qifsha shqiptarine.

      qisha magjuperine.

      Shqiptaret jon magjup i medievalit.

  • https://www.facebook.com/manuelmoreira.rodrigues.3 Manuel Moreira

    I wish them so much luck!
    This is an amazing progress :3

    • Mayflower1978

      But Again, Albanians are Very Homophobic. That i Asked you Ealier.

      • https://www.facebook.com/manuelmoreira.rodrigues.3 Manuel Moreira

        Oh you will see things change :) Albanians will be better

        • Mayflower1978

          I Know, I Hope so that it will be better in Next 40-50 Years. :)

          But Young Albanians and Kosovars are Very Homophobic. :(

          • https://www.facebook.com/manuelmoreira.rodrigues.3 Manuel Moreira

            So were Irish people 10 years ago

          • Mayflower1978

            I Think the Irish people 10 Years ago especially the Youth were more way more Tolerant than Albanians.

          • https://www.facebook.com/manuelmoreira.rodrigues.3 Manuel Moreira

            10 years ago it was pretty bad

          • Mayflower1978

            Ireland 10 Years ago was way more Tolerant than Albanians 10 Years ago.

          • Mayflower1978

            Irish Society starts to Accept Gay Marriage and Homosexuality begins after when the Homophobic Laws were Decriminalized in 1993.

            Read this Poll that Published in 2009. that was took in 2008.

            A public survey in October 2008 revealed 62% of adults would vote Yes in
            a referendum to extend civil marriage to same-sex couples. A breakdown
            of the results shows that support is strongest among younger people and
            in urban areas. Women were more supportive at 68% compared to 56% of
            men. There was slightly less support for same-sex couples being given
            the right to adopt. A total of 58% of those under 50 believe same-sex
            couples should be able to adopt, falling to 33% among the over-50s. A
            total of 54% believe the definition of the family unit in the Irish
            Constitution should be changed to include same-sex families.

            http://www.irishtimes.com/news/same-sex-marriage-gets-poll-support-1.710385

          • Mayflower1978

            Hey Manuel.

            How come it was pretty bad in Ireland, did you read about 3 days ago?

          • https://www.facebook.com/manuelmoreira.rodrigues.3 Manuel Moreira

            Hu?

          • Mayflower1978

            What Hu?

            How come 10 Years ago in Ireland is Pretty Bad to be Gay?

            So do as Americans 40 Years ago, it was Very Horrible.

          • Mayflower1978

            So were the Americans 40 Years ago, it was pretty Terrible to be Gay. :(