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Guide to resources on LGBTQ+ in Eastern Europe: Albania

Albania Overview

LGBT map of AlbaniaAlbania decriminalised homosexual relationships in January 1995. In 2010 the Parliament adopted a non-discrimination law which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, promoting equal access to employment, education, goods and services, health services and housing. Civil society has played a crucial role in monitoring hate speech, especially by high ranking officials. In May 2015, the Albanian parliament passed a resolution entitled “On Protection of Rights and Freedoms of persons belonging to the LGBT community in Albania”.The University of Tirana does not have a dedicated Gender or LGBT/Queer studies departments. Civil society and activism are leading the discourse on LGBT and gender rights.  The relationships between Civil society and governmental ministries is regulated by the LGBTI National Action Plan 2016-2020, which provisions for NGOs to hold lectures on LGBTI rights, in high schools. The National Strategy and Action Plan on Gender Equality 2016-2020 offers a comprehensive overview on existing gender and LGBTQ  rights and legal frameworks. 




Selected journal articles


PhD Thesis 


Data and statistics

  • State-Sponsored Homophobia 2019, reportmap and dataset, ILGA Europe - a world survey of sexual orientation laws + older editions [in English].






  • Aleanca LGBT - a non-governmental organization dealing with advocacy and lobbying and awareness raising, hosts a dynamic Facebook page with various local events on cooking and English courses, film nights and book club [in English and Albanian].
  • Pink Embassy - a non-profit organization which works for the protection and advancement of the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, intersex and queer people in Albania, contains archive of publications [in English and Albanian].


This guide is produced and curated by UCL SSEES Library as part of the UCL European Institute’s Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Programme 2019.   


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