PINK Embassy presents its first podcast at the 11th LGBTI Diversity Festival

With the support of the Council of Europe, the podcast aims to prevent hate speech and crimes against LGBTI people in Albania.

 

Tirana, 18 May 2021 – It is the first time for PINK Embassy Albania to prepare and publicise a podcast on LGBTI people in Albania and their protection from hate crimes. The podcast was presented in the framework of the 11th Festival of Diversity for LGBTI Rights in Albania, a major one-week event led by PINK Embassy. With the support of the Council of Europe and the European Union, in the framework of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, the PINK Embassy brought to all interested parties the podcast titled: "Protecting LGBTI People from Hate Speech and hate Crimes". The podcast addresses, among other issues, the LGBTI concepts, how Albania has evolved during the last years, as well as discussion among several professionals on hate crimes against LGBTI persons.

The podcast had several guests, one of whom was Luana, a member of the transgender community in Tirana. She shared her story and encounters in all the environments where she lives, in education, at the work place and leisure. Luana, in the podcast gives her message, addressed to all LGBTI persons, asking for an increased attention from all state institutions to protect and respect the rights of transgender persons, who daily experience violence and crimes.

Despite the fact that Albania has made progress in terms of respecting and protecting the rights of LGBTI people for years, they still continue to suffer from prejudice, discrimination and violence. Social attitudes towards the LGBTI community are generally negative, although many attitudes have changed over time.

The President of PINK Embassy, ​​Altin Hazizaj, focused on attitudes about gender identity and sexual orientation, and how they have changed over time.

The Commissioner for Protection from Discrimination, Mr. Robert Gajda presented an overview of the situation in which Albania finds itself and steps that have been taken to protect LGBTI persons from hate crimes and discrimination.

One of the major issues that the podcast touches is the violence or unprofessional behaviour that LGBTI persons encounter in their contacts with police officers. On behalf of the National Police Authority, Mrs. Alma Katragjini, shared the latest information on the police training and direct communication that police officers have established with LGBTI oganisations. She also addressed the initiatives that are being taken to protect and assist LGBTI people when they come into contact with the police.

The podcast aimed not only to raise public awareness on the rights of LGBTI people, but also to increase the availability of information for adolescents, teachers, parents and communities across Albania. The podcast also provides information for every LGBTI person on where to complain and what institutions are responsible for protecting and assisting them in reporting hate crimes.

 

You can listen to the podcast at the following link: https://youtu.be/1-C40mrG37s

 

For more information, contact:

PINK Embassy Albania

E-mail: pink@pinkembassy.al


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