What’s going on in Albania?
The professional body of psychologists in Albania have implemented a ban on so-called ‘conversion’ or ‘gay-cure’ therapy.
Purporting to be able to change the sexual orientation of young LGBTQ people, conversion therapy has not only been shown to have no bearing on a person’s sexuality, it’s been demonstrated that the practice is extremely harmful to young people.
All registered therapists in Albania must be members of the order of psychologists – the professional body for psychologists in Albania. All members must follow the decisions made by the order of psychologists.
Back in March 2018, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the practice of conversion therapy, and urging all member states of the European Union to ban the practice. So far, only Malta and Germany have taken the necessary steps, with the latest move by Albania making it the third country in Europe to ban conversion therapy.
What’s life like for LGBTQ people in Albania?
Homosexuality in Albania has been decriminalised since 1995, with an equal age of consent in place since 2001.
While attitudes are changing, Albania is a socially conservative country, and homosexuality has been seen as something of a taboo subject.
While anti-discrimination protections have been introduced in recent years, there’s currently no legal recognition of same-sex couples. Prospects of marriage equality seem a long way off.