I have even heard that word, gaitare.
I don't know many gay people here personally but I do know a few.
And we have some public people who are gays, I wonder if in Romania anyone would openly say they're gay.
“There are always moments when one feels empty and estranged. Such moments are most desirable, for it means the soul has cast its moorings and is sailing for distant places. This is detachment -- when the old is over and the new has not yet come. If you are afraid, the state may be distressing, but there is really nothing to be afraid of. Remember the instruction: Whatever you come across -- go beyond.”
We have an openly gay member of parliament and a member of parliament after a male to female sex reassignment surgery (currently the only transgender MP in the world I think). Not bad for a former communist country with an immensely powerful church. Too bad they got in on a rising anti-church wave and not on their own merit.