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The Struggle of Being Gay in Albania

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Up until the mid-90s if you were openly gay in Albania, you would be sent to prison. Many homosexuals stil face bigotry and violence, even in their own homes. In the last five years, Albania has seen a dynamic LGBTQ movement. Gay activist have created secret guest houses in Tirana that offer shelter to young homosexuals who have been brutally abused. VICE Greece traveled to Albania and recorded rare glimpses into the lives of people who have been victimized and neglected because of their sexual orientation in one of Europe's most homophobic countries. WATCH NEXT - Living Through Gay Conversion Therapy: http://bit.ly/1ONMiLh Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our Tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/vice Check out our Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/vicemag
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A B (3 hours ago)
As a proud, gay Albanian who is also out of the closet, I am very sad to see such ignorance in my country. It has been acknowledged by science that being gay is perfectly normal and it is not a choice. It is very disturbing to see how many people have a problem processing that. Wish the best for the lgbt community and it is nice to see how the mindset of the young generation is changing, even though very slowly. One advice from me to the gay Albanians. Don't be scared to be out of the closet and be proud of your self (of course without putting yourself at risk )
Joe The Simple (1 day ago)
That was so crazy! What's going on in this world???
L KS (1 day ago)
Not enough being said about the influence of Islam in all this hate.
Cloudliken - (2 days ago)
4k0zzie (2 days ago)
Why are there Greek people talking about Albania fuck outta here
Dawn Henderson (2 days ago)
So... there’s a struggle for a black man to be gay in Atlanta??? Since when???
P Last Name (4 days ago)
Those Albanian lads are HOT! Can I have one please?
Albanian Streamer (4 days ago)
Albanian gays have the full rights like a straight one , they dont need to go on protest for nothing and to tell everyone they are gays , of course in every country people hate gays, but if the have the rights why want more?
Brend Hemz (4 days ago)
Gays shld be killed
Nikos and rex (5 days ago)
I don’t like gays,but ppl must have the choice in they’re life. I think if someone feels in that way let him anjoy life in the way his like.
Eni Kokomani (6 days ago)
The problem with you open minded people is this that your mind is open in the air and hase no bones protecting it. You don't learn from human history and you always repeat the same mistakes. Turn away from this sickness otherwise you will be thrown in hell or be punished even in this world like Sodom and Gomorra. All you foreigners , take your rubish culture and go back to your countries. All this sickness is sponsored from western organizations. Instead of giving money for this dirty propaganda go and help some poor people who have no money to feed they're little babies.
L (7 days ago)
Haters will always hate.. they are lonely & alone in their pit of misery that they always have the need to pull others down just to feel good about themselves & not to feel alone..
Heraldo Figueiredo (8 days ago)
Esse Basha é um bosta. Diz que faz mas é um verme
Luz Figueroa (8 days ago)
😂gay Albania lol
Filip Zawistowski (8 days ago)
A bullet in the head and THEN prison? Seems illogical.
M M (8 days ago)
I was born in Albania from Albanian parents and I hate being called Albanian. The country it’s too close minded. Being a girl there is difficult because you’re seen as inferior, being gay is unacceptable. Maybe if you’re a straight albanian boy you’ll have a good life there
MuntiBeatz (8 days ago)
So much love in albania😂😂Zoosexuals and homosexuals 😂😂 go kill your self 🔪🔪 MRTOV SIPTAR DOBAR SIPTAR
Dritan C (9 days ago)
mund te pranoj ndjenjat e cdo njeriu se si ndihet me veten e tij,,kjo eshte pjese e jetes se tij dhe eshte pune per te,,mund te pranoj se duan njeri tjetrin brenda gjinis se tyre,eshte pune per ta,mund te pranoj te punoj me ta ti kem prane te bej shoqeri me ta ,nga momenti qe nuk me shqetesojne dhe nuk i shqetesoj,,,por ne asnje menyre nuk mund te pranoj qe te marrin femije dhe ti rrisin,sepse nuk kane mundesine qe ti shpjegojne se cdo te thote familje dhe prinder,,natyra e ka krijuar qe prinderit jan burre dhe grua,kjo eshte kundra natyres
Cathy Maliye (9 days ago)
Lol in my country zambia you can do everything just dont be gay if found with another man performing sexual activities ypu could face up to 8 years in prison , like thats the best place to send a homosexual 😂😂..very homophobic aswell and the advocates dont have a strong enough voice , am straight i only date men but am for LGBT community and speak up for them nomatter which part of the continet they are on
Chris h. (9 days ago)
I guarantee you that Murat Basha is chasing young boys when no one is looking. It's a pattern that repeats itself over and over - speaking hate to cover for one's own embarrassment at being homosexual. Albania needs to lose cigarettes and Islam.
Boitumelo Sephiri (9 days ago)
Wow this man needs help
Wait... did he just call ignorance “tradition” ?
No one becomes gay.... They were born like this. It just shows further as they grow.
manos 212 (10 days ago)
Είμαι τόσο περιφανή για την χώρα μου. Από όλες τις χώρες της Ευρώπης είμαστε πιο ΑΝΤΡΕΣ.. δεν εύχομαι θάνατο στους gay απλά δεν θέλω να υπάρχουν στην χώρα μου ας πάνε όπου θέλουν στην Ευρώπη να γαμιουνται όσο θέλουν και εγώ να γελάω με την ξεφτίλα της Ευρώπης μέσα από την καρδιά μου. Αλλά που θα πάει δεν θα βγεις και ένας γνήσιος Αλβανός πρωθυπουργός όπως ο Ενβέρ Χότζα; Η όπως τον πολιτικό στο βίντεο; Εκεί να σας δω πουστηδες θα σας ανοίξει τρύπα και θα σας κάψει ζωντανους στην κυριολεξία. Εκεί θα καταλάβει η Ευρώπη πως με καθαρόαιμο Αλβανό οι πουστηδες δεν περνανε
Krishna 28 (10 days ago)
How those interviewers try to get answers they want to hear... Hate..
anish ghimire (10 days ago)
Christianity and other religion are evil but man...muslism is on whole another level of shit.
lol ok (10 days ago)
i’m a girl and i fucking hate homophobic people they’re fucking gross
Lucian Sarandioti (11 days ago)
Shdukuni o qelbsina muti se e ndotët shtetin. Mor shkërdhata
89BangBangBang89 (11 days ago)
Albania is truly a shithole.
Louis chiraq (13 days ago)
Hungary, Poland, and all other east European and Balkan countries will kick out homosexuals
fire skull (14 days ago)
Just stop being gay and your okay. Albania just takes all the blame, gays are not accepted and will never be.
Tiger bucks (15 days ago)
All gay must die
Joe Karksoka (15 days ago)
The armpit of Europe
reno har (17 days ago)
Just one struggle, they are human being.
Adi Hoxha (18 days ago)
SID Na (19 days ago)
Preferenca seksuale eshte dicka private !!!!!!!!!!!! Asnje nuk duhet ti fusin hundet aty e sidomos feja dhe ato te quajtur muslimane qe shesin Edhe nenen e tyre per me te voglin interes
Big Poppa 507 (19 days ago)
Hee Wa Tam Suen (19 days ago)
This is a a demonic sickness however Jesus christ can cure these people and deliver them from this sickness
Hee Wa Tam Suen (17 days ago)
+Thanatos your so mistaken my friend Jesus christ is God almighty im a new convert to christianity, I encountered a supernatural experience with the lord Jesus christ he is the almighty God, im full of his holy spirit that lives in me and testifies of him, he cured me from all adiction and sickness, im born again with God's holy spirit of truth and my life is all for God.. you need God's holy spirit of truth to know God and this spirit exposes all of satans/demons lies, without the holy spirit your living a lie by the devils this holy spirit only comes through Jesus christ.... Amen
Thanatos (17 days ago)
Jesus can't cure cuz he's dead but you're right homosexiality is a satanic illness liberalism in general is Satan's ideology
Shqiptari 89 (20 days ago)
all who speak in support of gay seeing their people. Don't talk about real Albanians because I have never heard an Albanian supporting thay scum of planet
Shqiptari 89 (20 days ago)
ahhahahaha you can't bee gay in Albanians place lgtb go in america and fuck each other True Albanians are real men 🇦🇱🇦🇱🇦🇱
madam steal yo bitch (20 days ago)
keeping the albanian lgbt+ brothers n sisters close to my heart:(
rendratama onky (21 days ago)
They didnt learn from pompeii, GAY BASTARD
Falcon (23 days ago)
And they don't choose the gender of the person you're attracted to.
Falcon (23 days ago)
14 is the age of consent in Albania, WTF (For gay and straight people btw) but I think they would sort out that law first.
Semir Trubljanin (26 days ago)
Ryan Hall (28 days ago)
It's a mad world, to be against homosexuality on any level you are seen as a bigot. Otherwise defending the family structure on promoting straight lifestyle choices and values is redeem as outdated and regressive in modern society.
iskandargasm (29 days ago)
Analbania vs Serbitchan
Sandernista (30 days ago)
Most of eastern and southern europe is extremely homophobic. This isnt a shocker to me that albanians are homophobic.
Moon Light (23 days ago)
I'm Albanian & straight but I really don't give a shit if someone's gay
Gregorio de la Cruz (30 days ago)
Murat Basha and ur like must be castrated and fed your balls to the donkeys so they can fuck you. Hypocrites...🤮🤮🤮
abrrr abrrr (1 month ago)
The Albanian civilization is remained blocked since the 1500s, thanks the Ottomans.
Roberto Campano (1 month ago)
How could someone claim to support "Families" when they are willing to jail or kill their own Gay Child? Twisted like that Cut your throat bully!
Эдгар Handsome (1 month ago)
I, because of Discrimination in my country, fell into a deep depression and I had no where to go...
Angel Messtanoffski (1 month ago)
Albania is mostly a Muslim country and in most Muslim countries they do NOT accept gays at all. In Sharia Law gays are punished by death!
Moon Light (23 days ago)
Serbia is mostly Orthodox and still they hate gays
Etrit Haxhijaj (1 month ago)
They aren’t even speaking Albanian the narrator
D B (1 month ago)
Why nobody care about million other problems that Albanians and other Balkan countries have, like corruption, people still suffer for energy, work, etc.. Nobody cares if you're LGBT here, it's all about propaganda
Rafaela Papadopoulou (1 month ago)
Why are they talking greek?
Dulian Progonati (1 month ago)
This video is very offensive to me as an Albanian its depicting my country as a shithole where people bother gay people which is not the case. Shame on vice
Lobo Wynn (1 month ago)
Narodnik (1 month ago)
My first bf was albanian
Hunter Toennies (1 month ago)
Come to America!!! ❤🧡💛💙💚💜
Dick Watson (1 month ago)
Such a sad state to discriminate against gay people --it is a proven fact that it is not a lifestyle choice and it is decided in each individuals mother womb ,before they are born , just the same as some people are born left handed --they dont chose that way
yas queen (1 month ago)
The world has bigger problems than boys who kiss boys yall. Ti vlepw smr
Silentsniper (1 month ago)
I do not agree whit violence against gay people nore beating or killing the only way is to tell them About Jesus and what they do is wrong its against God and his creation we where created Man and Woman Nothing els and some psychologists says its mental its something from there life that happen to them and those who blame God that they are born in the wrong body? No thats wrong God never make mistake and to blame God is sinful a insult they all sin its Sodomi and all they do affect little children....They must leave this and turn to God for forgivnnes and Repend and leave this Sinfule life...People do not understund that if you continue to sin whitout regret no Repend will lead to hell all sinner will go to hell we all going to be judge after pur life and sins...God hate sodomi and sins but he do not hate the sinner...Albanian Christian have to reach this people and help them and save them...God is Love Jesus is Love and Jesus died on the cross for all of us but we all have to stop sin ..
SPRAYtight (1 month ago)
luv it *mwah!*
if for some reason women extinct and men manage to survive through technology. Every individual in this world, becomes gay.
Gerardo Aldana (1 month ago)
Hopefully there’s a huge natural disaster that will wipe the shithole country off the phase of the earth. Or if Jesus is real get the Christians to pray so they can get raptured along with the Muslims we don’t need them!
Walls Constantinople (1 month ago)
Alexandros Favros (1 month ago)
Ladies and Gentlemen and others. Homosexuality has existed and will always exist all over the world till the end of times. Its just a fact. Its part of nature so if they dont bother you then shut the fuck up!!!
I3lood1 TheBest (1 month ago)
homosexuality = end of society
I3lood1 TheBest (1 month ago)
kill them all
I3lood1 TheBest (1 month ago)
ik mor tqifsha motren
ALB YLLIRIA (1 month ago)
Vdekje veq per kto qen nuk jan shqiptar te vij dita luft do ti djegim ton
Yasi (1 month ago)
I am not homophobe but that gay activists last name is Penderi. 4 me it sounded like Pederi (in albanian pederi means poof) *LMAO*
So sad, not far away from the reality in other countries, getting worst by the minute.. I was attacked in Costa Rica last year at least 3 times.. and the country is as Albania presented as a country that respects human rights, while politics play in other ways
Andi Gruda (1 month ago)
vishu singh (14 days ago)
Said an arab wannabe
Robibi Sorwur (1 month ago)
Fucking Albanians and Kosovo!!! Albanians go hell!!!
Charles Kesner (1 month ago)
Thanks for this.
manos 212 (1 month ago)
Kjo eshte krenaria e shqiperis jo turpi rropqira
filakas aggelos (1 month ago)
Being an Albanian is a struggle it self
YouMayLiveTwice 000 (1 month ago)
That's cause you have never been gay in Georgia
Tuan Hoang (1 month ago)
It’s so sad 😭 you get abandoned by your loving family. This brought tears to my eyes . The lgbt activist mom is amazing incredibly. 🥰🙏
Eduardo Lomocso (1 month ago)
Their govt should think wisely by allowing them to get legalization. Running after them will only create animosity against govt officials and hatred starts to bloom. Why not instead out records in them as a legal and safe citizen to roam around free instead. Better draft clear cut policies the extent LGBT can practice like no pedophiles or molestation of kids. Set laws that also protect children from gay molesters if parents are afraid of LGBT. ✌✌✌ Persecutions to LGBT will only create havoc and hatred towards the govt.
chima chibi (1 month ago)
Those are the countries who once fought against the Ottoman Turks to protect European civilization. Today you guys can have the typically LIBERAL superior attitude towards them, because once upon a time some countries fought tooth and nail to arrest the onslaught of the Ottomans who came as far west as Vienna. Slavic peoples fought, some in vain, and Central Europeans stopped the Ottomans. Centuries ago they were slain by the Ottomans and seventy years ago their countries were basically usurped by the Soviets, the 20th century version of Jacobins. Some peoples have been lucky and others unlucky. Have some respect for the unlucky ones. If you think you’re so bloody smart just because you can recite liberal mantra, think again and better look up the rate of Muslim population increase in your country.
May (1 month ago)
If she is Proud about her son, why the hell is she crying for.😂😂😂
May (1 month ago)
Kristi Pinderi and the other girl Xheni are just scums.they do not care about LGBT people all they care is their poked to bee worm and full of money from the EU fund.
Trevor Thompson (1 month ago)
Backward shit hole
GODHATESWBC (1 month ago)
Haha ! The part where the Muslims promote their 'morality' is the biggest irony !
Jan Piwowarczyk (1 month ago)
I think generally speaking it is a struggle to live in Albania as far as I know.
WellActually (1 month ago)
Islam ruined Albania
Bochanable (1 month ago)
What human would want to lie with that fat beast of a s cold leader ofAbania?
Sex is
Plato (1 month ago)
I’m glad my country (Serbia) isn’t as bad as I thought it was.. Today it was reported that as a trans person you will be able to change your gender/sex preference in the documents without having to do the operation and etc... Hope the situation in Albania will get better anytime soon
Guy 123 (1 month ago)
Albanians are the gayest people in the world
Santiago Ago (1 month ago)
Stop gay
Santiago Ago (1 month ago)
Fuck Gay
ПРИВЕТ YouTube (1 month ago)
Albania, Serbia etc. should put their differences aside and ally to keep Western values away.
Lord Byron (1 month ago)
It disturbs me to watch these ignorant homophobic morons spout their vile opinions and conclusions. Their hatred of gays and my hatred of them (homophobes) is identical.
Rhino Balls (1 month ago)
Fuck you man,.I ain't gay

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