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First LGBT friendly gym in Tirana.

Organized by: Marco Lupo

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THE STORY:

Hi my name is Marco! Here is my vision. I do have a special connection with a city in the Balkan Peninsula,Tirana. Is located in Albania and has a population of around one million people. Last time I was there was in march 2016 where I met with some of my old friends part of LGBT community. Sadly Albania even though is located in Europe is a very conservative country and the society is homophobic or not LGBT friendly.Talking with my friends I was brought in touch with a very interesting issue they had.There was no any gay friendly gym in the city. They have to pretend to be straight or their membership would be canceled if any straight person would complain about their 'gayness' or feminine way of acting.They wish there was anything were they can feel free to be who they are without being threatened with membership cancelation. In Tirana this can happen since all the gyms are family owned not part of any franchise so the rules are made on the spot practically. Saying that for a long time I had this idea to open the first LGBT friendly gym in Tirana but I don't have the money to make it happen.Talking with my friends there is needed an estimated amount of $35000 to realize this project. When I think how easy is for any gay person like myself to go to any gym in the states and feel proud for who you are i think this is the less I can do for my friends in Tirana.Hope this will touch the kind hearts of many.Together we can make it happen.We can make our world a better place to live. Thanks!

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