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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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Chris Hansen (11 hours ago)
If we accept gays, what’s next Accept pedophilia as being normal? Then accept open cannibalism? Then accept murder can be in public as long as the people consented? And then what? Welcome to hell on earth people - an entire generation worse than Babylon & sodom and Gomorrah, truly wish I wasn’t here
Joseph Tardieff (13 hours ago)
Why do all major religions do this? Despite being Muslim it looks just like a Christian protest. I believe in the Christian faith, but any rational person should know doing harm to another person that isn't harming anyone is immoral in itself. My faith implies bowing down to other gods is immoral, but who are we to do harm to a different group of believers? We make exceptions for an abundance of things knowing in advance how immoral they are, but still target the LGBT as if they're somehow responsible for the crimes of the universe.
Lelouch Lamperouge (16 hours ago)
I am albanian from kosovo, this has nothing to do with albanian its islamic tradition to be like that like every other muslim country, who are intolerant to homosexuals. i swear if my country would be christian this would be such a great place, i have to blame turkey thats what theyve done with us. edit: after watching 6:54 i wonder "look what a religon did to a country"
Bella (4 days ago)
Another fake news
DJ TASOS MALIOS (4 days ago)
Polu apla./...osa den mporoun na kanoun ekei oi alvanoi erxonte sthn ellada h k se ales xores k kanoun auta pou den tous pernei na kanoun sth patrida tous!!..katsifas kwnstantinos 28/10/2018... a8anatos!! o sunxronos hroas pou sukose ton ellina apo tn kanape tou!!8eloume eirinh-filia me tous kalous k fronimones albanous,autoi pou den bazoun mualo pou den sevonte tipota k einai axaristoi tous perimenei megalo gamisei,(erxonte ekloges,mhn to ksexname!!),giati!! to xaivani o ellinas ksupnise.....ton nousas
jessy reed (6 days ago)
i just want u guys to know the story of sodom of gomorra what god did to this people.. this is against nature against religion and against logics...fear god and stop this insain thing u mother fuckers
SuperOmnicron (7 days ago)
The struggle of trying to accept everyone isn’t going to accept that LIFESTYLE (Bi? Are you fucking kidding me?) It is what is! You made that choice . They violence is unacceptable, but this is what patriarchy and family based civilization has as its standard and will far after we are gone. That utopia isn’t coming, and it has nothing to do with love or hate. It is a lifestyle that is engineered and civilization will not accept depopulation as a core precedent hidden behind Civil Rights outreach. What isn’t being discussed is sex trafficking, pedophilia and gender modification ... that evolution is being rejected.
tonkskii bos (8 days ago)
Some politicus people need to go back to scool if thay think bad about gays en shit , its normal some animals are also gay, its just the way how god made us😏
Whyou hatin (8 days ago)
HOMOPHOBIA IS NOT AN OPINION. HOMOPHOBIA IS HATE TOWARDS A MINORITY. SHAME ON YOU, HOMOPHOBES! DOES YOUR GOD ALLOWS YOU TO HATE? I DONT THINK SO.
Valon (9 days ago)
Gay people are idiots how they are gona make a baby? omg this people are sick in minds they dont see and they dont understand how world works 1 question why Allah creates man and women? why Allah dont make only mans or only womens, this kinda people have lost their minds, hope Allah forgive them for what they are doing
Antonio Bošnjaković (9 days ago)
I often watch documentaries like this, not because I don't know what is happening, but hoping that, even for a brief second, I might see some light at the end of the tunnel. Christians, Muslims, Straight people, friends, acquaintances ... people in schools and outside of schools. Everyone seems to have an opinion about how LGBTQs should be treated, as if they were born into this world to be the judge and jury on how people should behave, what they are allowed to do, and what they are not do to. Kuran says my hands should be chopped off. Bible says I should be stoned. Straight people say I should be beaten and broken, Friends abandon me because they think suddenly I am no longer the same person they've known for years, Acquaintances disown me, gossip about me and spread falls rumors, Teachers in school bully me and chose not to come to my aid when bullied. In the face of all these realities, I could choose to be sad, or I can choose to try and understand. People are afraid of what they don't understand, what they can't explain in their own mind, or they think they should follow what seems to be a popular opinion. I was raised to believe all of us are equal, nobody richer or poorer than the other; Our value solely based on our ability to love and understand others. To wake up every morning, to look amongst those who would see me dead, and instead of saying "I want you to die too' I can say 'I may not understand you, but I love you. And for every stone you throw at me, I will love you even more, for you have strayed off your path, off your ability to love and be loved, and if I can say that I love you and truly mean it, even if I die today I will have lived a life my parents and those who love me would have wanted'. If you are LGBTQ and you are reading this, know that I love you. I know times can be tough, but you must not let hate destroy your sense of compassion and your ability to love. Let not others dictate your happiness, but instead chose to find your way around it, and live your life the way you see fit. There will come brighter days. The darker the night, the more bright the morning. And if you are straight, religious, zealous, envious or whatever else may describe your unexplainable hatred towards others; No God will have you kill or harm others. No religion will call those who are different sick. No society will shun their children out, because they are different. No amount of gay deaths will stop LGBTQ from existing, and no punishment or sentence will make us disappear. You can choose to accept that we are everywhere, and we are among you. Your peers, colleagues, your doctor, your gym coach, your sister or brother. Just because you can't see us, doesn't mean we are not there, and we will never disappear. You can choose to try to understand us, as for hundreds of years we have understood you, or you can choose to let your unfounded hate darken even more this already dark world we live in. Love will always win, and hate will always bring nothing but more hate. Peace <3
Andi Doci (9 days ago)
There is no Homophobia in Albania, all there is Homodisgust.
Dhis is gypsi greek or sllav no albania iliria aria . Free iliricum
Albo King (9 days ago)
Extreminate gays and kill all westernized bitches
SS Skanderbeg 88 (9 days ago)
Dead all gay's!!!!
Elena Pllumbi (9 days ago)
YOU GUYS TALK ABOUT PEOPLE IN ALBANIA HATING ALBANIANS AS IF ITS ALL ALBANIANS ITS ONLY A FEW SO STOP SAYING SHIT LIKE ALBANIA DOESNT DESERVE TO BE IN EUROPE BECAUSE IT DOES
cucemo se haha (10 days ago)
Kill all Gay Only kill
Cameron Lupke (10 days ago)
What sickens me is the fact that this word "tradition" is kept on being used, I don't think the older generation know that values and all these rules are social constructs, it's made up, you've been brainwashed to believe all these rules on the ways of living. Leave Gay or Lesbian people, they did absolutely nothing to you. Let people want to live how they want to live, it's how they were born, stop forcing you're made up shit religious values and ways of living on others
Ricardo Herrera (10 days ago)
One thing is hating a homosexual individual another thing is hating the LGBTQWERTY leftist movement.
D4FC6 (10 days ago)
One thing i've noticed in media. If you are proEU and proNATO but in the same time being a very conservative anti gay country no one in the west will portray you as bad. If you are the same as above but proRussia, O my lord, HUMAN RIGHTS, LGBTQYXOIGEIKGK#)¤%(/%)#¤=#()%()=#==)¤%()#/(")=#
Anullim Loje (10 days ago)
Just to make it clear if you are gay dont come to Albania they will kick your ass 🤣🤣😂😂😂🤣🤣
jorham1 (10 days ago)
who wants to come to that shithole??
Jennifer kay (11 days ago)
This is soooo sad. Everyone should be accepted.
Valentina Loraels (11 days ago)
What an old disgusting bald man.. Killing kis own son based on what a dumb book says.. They are believing in a man who walked about water xD But can’t accept their child.. what a dumb country
Michael O'Reilly (11 days ago)
Eugent Bushpepa is really sexy - I hope he is gay.
TimoteoDeBaum (11 days ago)
I hate insufferable humans easily influenced by outdated harmful toxic societal expectations. Who says a man has to be with a woman because YOU and society say so? I fucking hate mindless sheep
Stefbratemoj V (11 days ago)
I alwes now that albenien was ar homo country analbenia 😂😂😂😂🏳️‍🌈🇪🇺🇦🇱👨‍👨‍👦🇦🇱🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🇦🇱🇺🇸🇦🇱🇺🇸👨‍👨‍👦🏳️‍🌈👨‍👨‍👦🇦🇱💩💩💩🏳️‍🌈🇦🇱❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸🇷🇸
Konstantin Arianiti (11 days ago)
Kill the gays
ALBI ウキア (11 days ago)
Here in albania we say: "Its god's job to forgive Gays" "But our job is to send them to him"
Pappa Peruna (11 days ago)
Homot on SAIRAITA
demi demi (12 days ago)
Ever human of the world its free in his life. Whats the problem from the peoply? I have respekt for LGBT ....
PaMaK (12 days ago)
Being a Greek in Albania is a struggle too!
Andrew Colvin (13 days ago)
I wish I could do something to help. I hate seeing the hate. When will this world change? We have got to progress.
hajaj jajgx (13 days ago)
2.39 U know she's a lesbian when she says pussybility
Fei HE (13 days ago)
Being gay is never easy, I had a lot nightmares when I just figured it out. Wish every gay person can live their better lives, that's also what I'm trying to achieve
Albo King (13 days ago)
We want sharia law in Albania.We will kill all gays.We will overthrow our western puppet government. Kill all filth
Klaudio Kevin (14 days ago)
The things have changed now don’t be afraid people you can be whatever you want no one cares
Marhaba Amery (14 days ago)
Why are people so bloody concerned abt LGBT when there are billions dying of hunger and war? the priorities of the west are just disappointing.
Namjoon's veiny hands (14 days ago)
I'm half Greek and Albanian. *And I'm proud being Pansexual* 💜💙💚💛
Whyou hatin (8 days ago)
Pappa Peruna you arent human
Pappa Peruna (11 days ago)
You aren't people
Lajme Shqip (16 days ago)
all u which feel sorry for.these gays please but really please come and get them on ur countrys u will save our nation also we are ready and to pay about it all.the tickets food all just to gett out them of albania
Mr Oioi (16 days ago)
Fuck the gays
Pappa Peruna (11 days ago)
Trougth the ass
Pappa Peruna (11 days ago)
IKR
agw97 (16 days ago)
*analbanians*
shqiperi etnike (18 days ago)
oooo robt npidh jav qifsha krejt edhe ktynve po edhe juve far tradhtar jeni dal jasht e krejt e keni harru per atdhe
shqiperi etnike (16 days ago)
+helen kaprolli a je nmen ti oj shtrige, veq mendo sa njerz kan dek per popull ton e qita far mutash dalin nuk e kam per fej as sen e kam per popull ton.
helen kaprolli (17 days ago)
Bota nuk progreson ngaqe existojn njerez si ti.
TheBrognator (19 days ago)
Being in Albania at all is already a struggle.
Minecraft With Ahmed (19 days ago)
They should die we dint want aids and hiv and plagues in our country
helen kaprolli (17 days ago)
Learn how to spell and then judge.
Emma Horn (19 days ago)
Do you use greece in the name because the greeks started the homosexuality?
K (13 days ago)
Emma Horn no because vice is also set up in Greece which is the closest country to Albania in which vice has reporters in
Sadik Meah (19 days ago)
Interesting. This is why I like watching VICE. Because mainstream media has led me to believe this only happens in middle eastern countries
CadillacBlood (19 days ago)
7.00 a muslim saying that if the gays dont feel comfortable they should move elsewhere. But if other european countries say that about the muslim lifestyle the muslims feel discriminated.
Arabia - (20 days ago)
This made me love Albania more 😻
pro gamer (20 days ago)
Noice from serbia
M S (20 days ago)
This is what happens when you have a European country influenced by Islam or eastern Christianity - Bye bye LGBTQ+ liberties and rights.
Albo King (20 days ago)
Who are you motherfuckers to judge our culture and by accusing us of being judgemental. Stay in your perversive shit hole gay dictatorship ruled countries and deal with your problems.Our handul fags that we have you can take it in your gay heaven countries
Albo King (13 days ago)
+helen kaprolli Ypu filthy pedophile skunk.You albanophob and desease of society need to be killed.Out of our land.
Albo King (13 days ago)
+K Peeophilia degenerates satanists destruction anomality filth are cancer.We will eradicate you. Most of the world hates you.
K (13 days ago)
Albo King Islam and Eastern Christianity are diseases
helen kaprolli (17 days ago)
Its obvious you are jugdemental I mean read you own comment you homophobic piece of shit.
Qiki Rop (20 days ago)
Regardless of where you live, gay people should be accepted. I wouldn’t say supported but yes accepted. Threatening them or treating them badly shouldn’t be tolerated. But the only reason i believe in this is because it’s not their fault or their parents fault that they were born like this. So frankly homosexuality is a disease but don’t get offended about this because there are all sorts of diseases in this world that some us of don’t even know that they might be suffering from some of those. ( I know many of you will disagree with me and some of you might be offended and angry at me for saying this. But note that im not fucking having anything against nobody, im just simply speaking the truth of it and you just may not like it. )
gowon (21 days ago)
this is why nobody cares about albania they are fucking stupid
Commentator541 (21 days ago)
I hear that "protect families" all the time, BUT IT'S THOSE FAMILIES WHO RAISE GAY CHILDREN? Hello? Will someone realize it already? Your upbringing is imbalanced and it's resulting in a formation of gay individuals. For fuck sake. No one will be "turned gay" all of a sudden.
K (13 days ago)
Commentator541 Blame Islam
Commentator541 (21 days ago)
That person at the end explained it well. Years need to pass. Unfortunately, I don't think governments are quite ready to educate people at all levels.
Commentator541 (21 days ago)
Serbia is bad as well but improving. I don't think people realize how deeply f-ed up Europe's Muslim countries are. People are really stuck between religion, crime and trying to live modern lifestyles and something has to give. Bosnia, Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia are sort of floating in mid air, waiting for the wind to blow in any direction. I wish people would just respect their religion as heritage and live contemporary lifestyles unburdened by the past.
I feel so ashamed of my country now and i'm deeply sorry if you feel attacked i wish i could change that homophobic side of albania even if it would cost my life
CuzImLeuart (22 days ago)
It is forbidden in muslim countries (like albania, kosovo, and the middle east countries and the other countries in asia). Because it is haram. Basically haram means its forbidden.
Hero Santoso (22 days ago)
They don’t know, how strugle being gay in Indonesia 😢
A U (22 days ago)
It warms my heart to see Albanians rejecting the sodomites. Proud of my people🇦🇱
helen kaprolli (17 days ago)
+Jessica Guerra I was thinking the same thing bro😂
Jessica Guerra (18 days ago)
A U you are probably gay, and you probably hate yourself.
Pvnvme PsG (22 days ago)
16:20 amen to that...🙏🏻
PatrickStar 7 (22 days ago)
So what if someone is gay? Your points from bible, kuran dont mean anything to me, since its not my religion. Just the tought of society bullying and threatning an individual is brutal. Yeah, thats what gay people go throught
samenda mc seny (22 days ago)
wow im shooked.. iam albanian but that is to much i mean wow in speechless.. i feel with those ppl cuz i know how they are feeling ahh ;// im crying
Rob Yates (23 days ago)
All Muslim countries are homophobic
Albo King (23 days ago)
Eastern Europe and especially Balkan needs to unite against much bigger dangerous enemy such is west. These trashes are working against our culture and tradition using gays and feminist to turn us into wimps and our countries into Shitholes like west. I am Albanian but I rather call a straight Serb Greek or Turk brother then a degenerate western.We Balkan real men need to unite
Albo King (23 days ago)
Stay out of our life and business foreign degenerates. All foreigners owe to Albanians Especially Westerns.Keep out Screw you and your anormal filthy nasty lifes.Degenerates
helen kaprolli (17 days ago)
Countries dont owe us shit. Why are you even watching this video man? I bet you are in the closet.
Grey Garcia (23 days ago)
8:39 Thank me later
Stefano Bocchio (23 days ago)
That's why the East is not Europe
Jan Atamann (23 days ago)
they are all same shitt, Most balkan countries are homophobic. Serbia,Bosnia,Turkey,Macedonia,Bulgaria allll of them homophobicss
Butter Margarine (23 days ago)
Its a Moslem nation is why..
julia ann (24 days ago)
What the f are you talking about . the gays are self victimizing to get money from international foundations. no one is persecuting them. they just playing you.
IheartMariah (24 days ago)
So many Albanian undercover gays in Europe. Lmao
RCP OFFICIAL (24 days ago)
I love some types of violence & gays should be executed(killed) ... becuz they are just some virus for Mother Earth & her children.
Vixon T (24 days ago)
Seeing this really makes me think about how privileged I am to live in such a safe open minded community.
Fabiann (24 days ago)
Still a long way to go to become a civilised country...
Leo Vokaj (24 days ago)
gay is Greek traditional not Albanian they need to goo to Greece!
Feel drill (25 days ago)
Analbania L o L 😂
behindbrowneyes100 (26 days ago)
I feel very very emotional. All these people, I can't find words enough to describe them, except from HEROES, TRUE HEROES. The look in the mother's eyes, that was true wild love for his son, as it should always be.
slav king (27 days ago)
Καλά τους κάνουν που τους βαράνε
Cordita (1 month ago)
Can you kiss me please? Ofcourse. That melted my heart 😍😍😍
Steve Jovan (1 month ago)
Most Albanian men are gay but its kept secret! Boys are used by adult men throughout their culture. They then take out their trauma on women. It’s a vicious cycle but its been apart of their culture going back thousands of years. Even converting to Islam has not changed the homosexuality that exists everywhere in Albania. These are the ones willing to tell the truth while 99% practice this behind close doors. It’s obvious how feminine Albanian men are!
Laclinic Montreux (1 month ago)
The most homofobic transfobic contry in the planet.
Tuğrul C. (1 month ago)
Sorry but I really want to know why they are talking Greek and not Albanian?
Wehliye Mohamud (1 month ago)
LGBT is very very bad shame tradition, God suitable male to female, even animals do not do this bad tradition, LGBT peaple are under animals😏😝😠😡.
Wehliye Mohamud (15 days ago)
+ya boi is gayyy it is wronge idea. Animal don't be gay. Male animal do not dare famele pregnant animal.
ya boi is gayyy (15 days ago)
Wehliye Mohamud there are many animal species who can be gay. Also all humans fall under the animal category since were not fungus, and also not plants.
Mikac (1 month ago)
Dont come to the balkan if you are gay we will kill you probably fuck up uup good so dont you dare hold hands or if u touch instant death and this is a threat
SLAP HAPPY (1 month ago)
I saw a street sign in Albania that said “no pansys allowed” lmao
cum4me lati (1 month ago)
I love albania🇦🇱 people are friendly dont let this documentary fool you.. there’s homophobes everywhere
And why Muslims can have 7 women's and a lot of children then with different women's ? I find this even more worse. Ok then you go to Arabia or Turkia from there comes your religion if you feel that you have the right to say others to go away there where they feel good , The marriage and family it's 1 men and 1 women the traditional i mean if we speak with prototypes, so shut up your mouth !! ( I don't have nothing with Muslims but i can't stand injustice )
Please let them live their life . None of our business what they do at their bed ! My country needs to be more open minded . They are people too and have all the rights to be free. I totally understand that everyone should live in the way they feel and I'm young and most of us understand it but they say that in the camera just because are afraid of what the old generation or family with think and why they have this type of thoughts, I'm straight and this don't give me the right to make others feel bad why they are not and like they are making a crime . It's not fair let's be honest . I miss Albania so much and my family but this video made me feel bad and i realise again this is one of the reasons that i would never come back to live again there !!
no name (1 month ago)
After watching this Albania Is my favorite country now
no name (20 days ago)
+ultra ultra maybe i will
no name (20 days ago)
+MrMywonderworld910 so?
ultra ultra (21 days ago)
Then move there.
MrMywonderworld910 (23 days ago)
no name allah isnt real
naim latifi (1 month ago)
Oh none ta qifsha po edhe grat gay i kini e le mo ju ,po kujna fore me kto video ,a din qe specat i mushin tu menu per gay ,gerdi me hanger prej juve mthjeshte jeni bakterije !
I.M What I Am Man (1 month ago)
OH WELL DOES THAT GO FOR BISEXUAL PEOPLE TOO? BECAUSE I WAS ON VACATION THERE LAST SUMMER LMAO
Vitamin Kk (1 month ago)
thats so gay
Raine Still Reign (1 month ago)
i hope soon albanians lgbtq will be more and more accepted, its 50% now... as generations and generations come the struggle will be lessen, the new generations will be more informative about gay rights and acceptance
Marlon Elias (1 month ago)
A lot of LGBT in the US are acting entitled, prejudice and racist. They need to learn how to humble themselves. They need to bring back this kind of conditions so they can learn there lessons on the kind of privilege were experiencing right now. It's a matter of taking what you have away in order for you to appreciate it.
Tarik Avdic (1 month ago)
we are same in bosnia so go far away us we will kill you
End my I m gay greek Greece no problem free all
Στην θεσσαλονικη ειδα αλβανοπιθηκι αδερφη και ειχε πολυ γελιοοο ρε!!
fifa master (1 month ago)
What do you expect from dirty Muslims ?? Fuck allah!!!
Wendy B. (1 month ago)
Thank you for showing how bad the condition in my country is.

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