The Balkan enclave, nestled between the shimmering Adriatic and the high peaks of the Dinaric Alps, has a majority-Muslim population but a centuries-old tradition of religious tolerance and moderation.
There are even establishments that they cannot enter.
[Cash-strapped ISIS fighters are selling sex slaves on Facebook] Albania’s government is aggressively pushing back.
The parliament recently passed laws forbidding participation in the Islamic State, and the security services have cracked down on recruits making the trek to Iraq and Syria.
This is not true anymore, but many gay people today face racism and sometimes violence, even in their own home.
Under difficult conditions, the past few years, a dynamic LGBTQ movement has managed to rally and score some important victories against discrimination.