Tirana welcomes the 11th Pride March of the LGBTI community

The PINK Embassy carries the LGBTI flag to major institutions as part of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

 

Tirana, 17 May 2020 - This morning, the PINK Embassy, ​​together with its partner organizations, held the 11th Tirana Pride march, an annual event aimed at raising public awareness on the situation of LGBTI people in Albania. #TIRANAPRIDE2020, as in other years, took place around 17 May, the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.

This year #TIRANAPRIDE2020 takes place under the motto “Be proud! Raise the flag!” and is part of the events taking place on 11th Festival of Diversity for LGBTI Rights in Albania, a national event of PINK Embassy. Due to Covid19 and the measures imposed on the security of citizens in Tirana, the Pride took place with very limited participation, but this did not diminish the meaning and importance that it has for Albania and the LGBTI community itself.

The march opened at 9.30 am in the courtyard of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection with the ceremony welcomed by Deputy Minister, Mrs. Bardhylka Konspiri and the General Director of Social and Health Policies, Mrs. Merita Xhafaj. During the ceremony, a flag about 2 meters high was handed over to Ministry officials by Pride organizers, as a sign of the responsibility and work that the Ministry shall develop to protect and promote the rights of LGBTI persons.

The March then stopped in front of the Municipality of Tirana, where it was welcomed by several senior officials, who the flag donated by #TiranaPride2020 raised it on the second floor of the building. From here Tirana Pride marched along the Boulevard "Dëshmorët e Kombit", which in the morning was filled by the Municipality of Tirana with LGBTI flags in around 1 km of its road.

The march stopped in front of the Prime Minister's Office, where a ceremony of placing the flag in front of the Albanian Government building took place. Then the march moved along to raise the flag in front of the Albanian Parliament building.

"Albania was the first country in the Western Balkans to break the taboo of organizing the Pride March. I am really happy that Pride marches have received so much support from public institutions, but also citizens, which is an indicator of the hospitality of Tirana, as the capital of all the citizens. "- said Altin Hazizaj, Director of CRCA/ECPAT Albania and President of the PINK Embassy Albania.

Although Albania has made progress over the years in protecting the rights of the LGBTI community, prejudice, discrimination, and domestic violence are present in the lives of many LGBTI people. Social attitudes towards the LGBT community in Albania are generally negative and among the least favourable in Europe.

 

Some data on the LGBTI community in Albania, based on observations by Gallup, NDI and the PINK Embassy:

 

- 94% of Albanians would not support their child if they found out that belonged to the LGBTI community;

- 53% of Albanians believe that “homosexuals and lesbians should not be free to live the life they want;

- 1 in 3 LGBTI people is a victim of physical violence in the family;

- 66% of Albanian teachers are silent in the face of bullying in schools on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity;

- 70% of teachers in Albania state that they would not support their children if they are LGBTI;

- 56% of Albanians think that a homosexual should not enjoy public office;

- 25% of Albanian administration employees think that LGBTI people should receive services separated from other people.

 

For more info, contact:

PINK Embassy Albania

President: Altin Hazizaj

Tel: + 355 67 20 75 330

pink@pinkembassy.al  

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