If you live in Albania, surely you will have recently heard this sentence "We don't have homosexuals!".
By now homosexuality has become the problem of the day in our country. Everyone talks about it and everyone thinks differently. A front page topic, almost a national emergency. It has happened that an Albanian young man has declared his homosexuality on live TV and it has immediately become a scandal. In the program Big Brother Albania (Big Brother Albanian), Klodi, one of the competitors, declared to his family with a letter his homosexuality. Obviously there is great emotion and suspense for the content of a letter and the Albanian male pride, or ignorance if you prefer, has put us 24 hours to crystallize. The next day, a group of young people, about 400, took to the streets in Lezhe, Klodi's hometown to protest against him. As can happen when you offer the microphone to anyone, very offensive phrases have been flown against him, stuff like "Klodi is the shame of our city and our country", "He must not set foot in this city again", "He has to go to Italy where he had this experience." But more than words, it was the threatening tone that makes one shudder. It would seem that Klodi did an injustice to whoever was in that square, and that only in this way could the wrong be immediately remedied.
The Albanian newspapers and tivus puzzled in the fateful question: Who is to blame for all this homophobia? Ignorance of the people? Of the state? Or is it Klodi's fault that is different? The fault lies with everyone, of the people who lived for about 50 years with the belief that homosexuality is a crime, of the State that wants to integrate into the European Union and believes that with a law on gay marriages have solved the problem of sexual discrimination in Albania, but which is not expressed on similar protests, clearly against the universally known Constitution and human rights. Homosexuality can be considered against nature and it is difficult for a person with a profound religious culture to accept it, but when this annoyance turns into protest there is something wrong. Perhaps it is always the fault of the people and the closed mind. The reasoning is: We do not accept Klodi not so much because he is homosexual but because he stained our city. He did not protest that he was not from my city, it is not my problem, it is the city of origin that should do it. Unfortunately this is the mentality, the pride of man and also the fear that one day they will tease you not because you are an ignorant bifloco and go out to the streets to shout out for useless questions (and not useful such as rights, living conditions, electricity and water) but because you come from a city where one has declared himself homosexual on live tv. Does your hetero pride get in the way? But let us enjoy it!
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