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 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 AFP, 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.