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Daniela (user currently living in CANADA) posted for lesbian readers on 23/02/2012 tagged with teaching lgbt rights in schools, sexual orientation +4
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Hello,im Daniela,im fron Albania.i was a student when i felt in love with a student,im muslim but in my religion its unacceptable being a lesbian or gay.etc.neway when everybody discover that me and that girl we had a relation they start making fun,spill on our face,in my final exams they didnt accept me,and i was one of the best students,to the library the students kick us out,so i went back to my small city,i said everything to my parents about me,i coudnt hide it anymore,and they couldnt believe it ,it was unacceptable,so my mom she decide to apply to Humber college,she send all the documents for me,and i got accepted,peoople they abused me,they puntched me because of the fact that im lesbian,right now im in Canada,i didnt know whats the mean "FREEDOM"but now i know that i can be my self.
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ivan (user currently living in INDIA) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers in response to this story on 31/10/2011 tagged with teaching lgbt rights in schools +5
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What is "normal"? Its a relative term. Be enlightened and educated abotu the existence of varied sexualities and gender orientations. To each, one's own.
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posted for readers on 31/10/2011
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you are not normal people
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posted for transgender readers on 16/08/2011 +0
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PRESS RELEASE
(for immediate distribution)
by Pink Embassy

Call for urgent investigation on the latest case of extreme violence used by the police against a transgender woman in Tirana


Tirana, August 15, 2011

PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania, an organisation that works for the protection of LGBT community in Albania, wishes to express its deep concerns for the latest case of extreme violence used against a member of the transgender community in Tirana, Albania.

On August 14, 2011 around 16:00 members of the State Police, accompanied by a private citizen, where investigating the theft of a necklace at the park near the Albanian Parliament. Amongst the people they were interviewing for the case was also a young man, who is friends with the transgender group, which lives by this park. When the police tried to detain the young man, they faced resistance by one of the transgender people called Paloma.

The reaction of the Police towards Paloma was extremely violent, crossing all boundaries of its lawful use. A group of six police officers, one of them a woman, used totally unjustified violence which based on international acts ratified by Albania, could be classified as degrading punishment and torture.

Afterwards, Paloma was taken in custody at the Tirana Police Authority, where violence against her continued until she was totally covered in blood and had fainted. To avoid any bruises on the head and face, she was forced to wear a helmet, while kicking and punching continued all over her body. PINK Embassy / LGBT PRO Albania are in possession of pictures that show scars and bruises on her body. The Police took Paloma at Mother Teresa National Hospital (QSUT), where she received immediate aid and was then taken back to the police headquarters of Tirana.

Throughout the entire detention, Paloma was not offered any legal assistance and was asked to sign documents without her consent. Paloma cannot read or write.

PINK Embassy calls on the Ministry of Interior and Albanian People’s Advocate to start an immediate investigation on the case and to bring to justice all the people in uniform who were involved in the torturing for endless hours a transgender person, putting her life in absolute danger.

For years, the transgender community in Albania has suffered from marginalization and social exclusion. The community lacks support from Tirana Municipality and central government institutions. It is not the first time that PINK Embassy/LGBT Pro Albania publicly denounces the violence and maltreatment of transgender people in Tirana by the Police. Even though during the last months there has been an improvement in the way transgender people were being treated by the Police, the latest case shows that they further need to improve their professionalism and work behavior.

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PINK EMBASSY
www.pinkembassy.al
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