Turkey’s president Erdogan orders children to stop drawing rainbows in case they turn people gay

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05/05/2020

Children in Turkey have reportedly been ordered to stop drawing rainbows as authorities believe it is part of a “plot” to turn them gay. Turkey has seen a sharp spike in homophobia following a televised anti-LGBT+ sermon by the head of religious affairs to mark the beginning of Ramadan. His inflammatory comments about homosexuality “corrupting generations” encouraged a wave of hate speech blaming LGBT+ people for poisoning the youth. It has now culminated in education officials ordering schools to prevent children from drawing rainbows, which are supposedly a symbol of LGBT+ “perversion”. The rainbows were being displayed in windows as a symbol of hope for those in isolation, following a trend seen in many countries affected by coronavirus.

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