Albania starts the 9th Festival of Diversity for LGBTI rights

PINK Embassy in Albania aims to use the week to raise awareness on violence, inequality in marriage and lack of gender identity recognition that hinders the respect for LGBTI rights in the country

Tirana 14th May 2018 - The Pink Embassy and the Human Rights House in Albania launched today the activities for International day against homophobia and transphobia, under the auspices of the 9th Festival of Diversity for LGBTI rights in Albania.

Festival of Diversity is one of the most important events for LGBTI community in Albania, for one week, highlight in attention of public institutions, society, young MPs, need to reach the level of equality and to respect diversity of LGBTI community in Albania.

The festival will start by raising of LGBTI flag in Tirana centre. The activity will be organized with collaboration with Tirana Municipality, members of the LGBTI community, partners, friends etc. Then will be followed by a meeting with members of the Albanian Parliament to share with them the draft law “On Gender recognition in Albania”

On 17th May, for the first time, we will make public the Monitoring Report of the implementation of National Action Plan for LGBTI persons in Albania 2016-2020. Meanwhile the meeting will conclude with the celebration of “30 People of the Year” for LGBTI rights in Albania, part of the Festival of Diversity since last 4 years.

For the first time, the Festival will launch this week our campaign for equality in marriage in Albania, which is supported by PINK Embassy, Albanian Network for LGBTI Rights and some of the most active NGOs in Albania. Meanwhile next week with supporting of US Embassy and Ministry of Education will be presents the findings of the survey on perception of teachers for LGBT adolescents In public schools in Albania.

The Festival's special feature will be the photo exhibition "Being Trans in Albania".  Photos will bring the reality of transgender persons in Albania.

11 years ago, Albania started a new movement for the rights of LGBTI people, when at that time speaking about LGBTI rights was almost a heresy. The first public discussion was organized with great support from key human rights organizations such as CRCA Albania, the Albanian Helsinki Committee, the Albanian Human Rights Group and the Center for Legal and Civic Initiatives. Subsequently, the National Campaign launched in support of equal rights for LGBTI people in Albania. Pink Embassy, which was set up in 2010, organized the first ever Festival of Diversity, an event that was followed in years later also by the Annual Pride Marches.

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