LGBT Turks Take Stock After Disrupted Pride Celebrations

 | 
07/28/2021

ISTANBUL – More than a month after Turkish authorities crushed Pride-themed events in Istanbul, emotions still run raw for members of the country’s embattled LGBT community. “There was lots of violence. I was beaten up and so were most of the people I was arrested with,” Istanbul resident Alaz Yener told VOA. “They used zip ties to handcuff us, hands behind our back, and refused to cut the zip ties off for a long time.” Yener, who is non-binary, was detained when security forces broke up an attempted Pride parade in Taksim, a central Istanbul borough. Other LGBT-themed gatherings were also disrupted in the city in June, recognized as Pride month for sexual minorities in many parts of the world. “The violence, and also the way the police dehumanized and insulted us at every chance, trying to assert as much control as possible on everything we did, it was all very stressful,” Yener said. Branded as ‘deviants’ – Even before the suppression of Pride events, Turkey’s LGBT community found itself in the spotlight of national politics and at the core of student activism. In February, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke of sexual minorities with contempt, claiming in a televised speech that, in a moral nation like Turkey, LGBT people do not exist.

Regions: ,

Share this:

Latest Global News

Added on: 06/15/2024
06/14/2024
A federal judge has temporarily blocked the Education Department’s final Title IX rule, which prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The …
Added on: 06/15/2024
06/14/2024
Italy’s far-right government has denied that it removed references to abortion and LGBTQ rights in the final declaration of the G7 summit in Puglia. …
Added on: 06/15/2024
06/14/2024
The world of men’s professional football has long been playing catch-up when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation and visibility, with very few openly gay …

Explore LGBTQ+ Issues

Other News from ,

Added on: 06/15/2024
Italy’s far-right government has denied that it removed references to abortion and LGBTQ rights in the final declaration of the G7 summit in Puglia. …
Added on: 06/15/2024
The world of men’s professional football has long been playing catch-up when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation and visibility, with very few openly gay …
Added on: 06/14/2024
The Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth is opening public consultations to inform the development of the next National LGBTI+ Inclusion Strategy. …