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Gay rights events banned in Turkish capital

Gay rights events banned in Turkish capital

Henceforth, public events relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues have been banned in the Turkish capital after a statement issued by the governor of Ankara.

Citing fear they could “provoke hatred and hostility”, the ban by the state governor Mehmet Kiliclar covers events including film festivals, forums, interviews, and exhibitions.

The governor’s office said the ban would help to promote “public order, prevention of crime, general health and morals.”

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Recall that in June this year, LGBTQ supporters who took to the streets of Istanbul in June in defiance of a ban on the Gay Pride Festival and Parade were dispersed by police which used tear gas and rubber pellets on many that gathered.

“The march will not be allowed for the safety of our citizens, first and foremost the participants, and tourists who are in the area visiting,” the governorship said in a statement this year.

Unlike in many other Muslim countries, homosexuality is legal in Turkey, but activists say members of the LGBT community are often subjected to widespread hostility and homophobia.

 

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