Albanian gay, lesbian and human rights activists cycle under the rain to press for their rights along the main street of the capital Tirana

 
Albanian gay, lesbian and human rights activists cycle under the rain to press for their rights along the main street of the capital Tirana
Albanian gay, lesbian and human rights activists cycle under the rain to press for their rights, the first of many activities against homophobia, along the main street of the capital Tirana May 14, 2012. A dozen gay and lesbian activists cycled through Albania's capital on Monday, holding a daring gay rights demonstration in a country which aspires to join the European Union but where conservative values are still deeply entrenched. Activists shelved plans for a larger, gay pride parade to coincide with International Day Against Homophobia on Thursday after a deputy defense minister said they should be beaten with thick sticks. REUTERS/Stringer (ALBANIA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY)