Monday, 02 April 2012 17:34

Albania To Organize Its First Gay Pride

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Next month, Albania will organize its first Gay Pride in spite of a very strong opposition.

"May 17 will be a special day ... the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) flag will be raised for the first time in Tirana," Altin Hazizaj of the Pink Embassy Pink Embassy organisation said in a statement.

Just after the announcement of the Gay Pride, Albania's deputy defense minister and the leader of the royalist party, Ekrem Spahiu, said: "My only commentary on this gay parade is that they should be beaten with truncheons."

According to AFPAFP, following this remark, LGBTQ organizations will fill a complaint: "This is a call to violence, and we will ask through our lawyers that Spahiu be convicted, in accordance with Albanian law, to a prison sentence of up to five years," Kristi Pinderi spokesman for a gay anti-discrimination organisation said.

In 2010, a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual preference was adopted even if Albania remains a very homophobe country.