PINK Embassy / LGBT Pro Albania on LGBT Issues in Albania

Peace Corps Albania Same-Sex Couples Initiative

Peace Corps Albania Same-Sex Couples Initiative

Last month, Peace Corps held a week-long training on the Same-Sex Couples Initiative with the support of representatives of PINK Embassy / LGBT Pro Albania and training staff from Peace Corps Washington. Together, the trainers introduced LGBT topics for the Peace Corps staff as well as other subjects related to promoting diversity, and understanding the concerns and challenges related to the LGBT community in Albania, as well as those of LGBT Volunteers serving abroad.

Peace Corps worldwide is currently exploring the possibility of having same-sex couples serve as Volunteers in countries where being LGBT is relatively safe, and in preparation of this initiative, they are holding trainings with local staff members. Two representatives of PINK Embassy presented on the LGBT situation in Albania, the movement, challenges and prejudices faced by same sex couples in the country.

The training educated staff on LGBT issues in Albania, fostered a discussion on discrimination faced by the community, the services being offered, the views of political parties, religious communities, and the media.

Story and photograph reprinted with permission from Peace Corps Albania Facebook Group.

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About LGBT RPCV
We are an organization of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and others who are Peace Corps volunteer alumni, current volunteers, former and current staff members and friends. Founded in Washington D.C. in 1991, we have several hundred members throughout the country and around the world who have served in Peace Corps since its beginning in 1961. We're made up of a national steering committee, together with regional chapters. We are an active affiliate member of the National Peace Corps Association.

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