Sunday, 2 July 2017

Activists detained at banned Istanbul Trans Pride march

Seven people have been detained after activists tried to go ahead with the Trans Pride march in Istanbul, Turkey.

The Istanbul Governor's Office banned the gathering for the 2nd year in the row, saying it was to "preserve public order" and keep participants and tourists safe.

The ban was also said to be in place after potential threats from far right groups against the LGBT+ community.
A similar ban was also put in place to try and stop an LGBT Pride march taking place last month, which also saw activists being detained.

In a statement on Facebook, Istanbul LGBTI said in defiance: "We are trans, we are here, get used to it, we are not leaving."

Pride events have been organised in the country for the past 13 years and in 2014, a successful Pride march saw 100,000 people take to the streets.

In Turkey, though homosexuality, or being transgender, is not illegal, there are still no legal protections against discrimination for LGBT+ people.

Furthermore same sex couples are not recognised legally in any form, and public opinion tends to be anti-LGBT, according to recent polling.

This latest censoring of the LGBT+ community in Turkey, really shows how the fight for recognition around the World continues.

It all makes me feel lucky that here in the U.K. I can happily attend a Pride event anywhere in the country, and know I will be perfectly safe and able to be who I am.

An example of this can be seen by the spectacular World Pride which took place in Madrid over the weekend.

We must keep up the fight wherever we are in the World. Not just for ourselves, but for other LGBT+ people who don't enjoy the same rights as we do, in more progressive countries.

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