During the continuous work on media monitoring, it is noticeable that the media coverage and reporting on issues related to the LGBT community has recently been significantly increased. The increase of attention was accompanied by discriminatory and denigrating statements of Albanian political representatives.

Below you will find a summary of the reactions that MPs, party leaders, and various figures of Albanian politics have had about the LGBT community.

Christian Democratic Party chairman, Nard Ndoka, through a status on Facebook, issued a discriminatory message on May 13, the day when the 6th anti-homophobic ride took place in Tirana.

In another statement, Nard Ndoka, former health minister, still considers homosexuality a disease, saying that the Albanian Parliament “Is not immune from such deviances”.

There have also been insults from Albanian political figures such as Eduart Ndocaj, deputy and chairman of PBDKSH. In an interview for the show “Të paekspozuarit”, he proudly expressed his attitude as a Christian Democrat against the LGBT community, continuing with a clear offense comparing LGBT with a car license plate.

Mesila Doda, MP of the PDIU, expressed herself during a debate on May 21 of 2017 on “Opinion” show that one of the main causes her party held in this 4 years, was not allowing marriages within the same gender.

Tritan Shehu, Head of the Department of Health in the Democratic Party, thinks that opening the way for cohabitation between people of the same gender will destroy the future of children, family, his tradition and of humanity.

The publication of these statements aims to remind politicians that they have been chosen to represent their voters, whose members are also the LGBT people.

*This publication was made with the support of ILGA-Europe within its Creating Opportunities programme. The opinions expressed in the document do not necessarily reflect any official position of ILGA-Europe

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