ADDED ON: 06/30/2022

Turkey Pride crackdowns only strengthen LGBTQ resistance

06/29/2022 | Washington Blade

The waving colors of the thousand shades inside of a rainbow, The sparkling joy from the pride and honor of self-declaration. The echoing sounds of the steps for solidarity in the cobblestone streets of İstanbul. To unite for equality, for justice, for solely our right to be. This was our goal, our expectation and our hope for Pride Turkey 2022. It has, however, been overshadowed by the government’s vicious attempts to repress the colors of the LGBTQI+ community. First, it started with the ban of Pride speeches and panels that many district governors and other local authorities across Turkey announced. Local police officers raided the many event venues as if “illegal” activities were being conducted. As in the last couple of years, it was already expected the government would ban the Pride marches in many cities. It was, however, the first time the government officially tried to prevent even face-to-face community gatherings of LGBTQI+ organizations. It was a type of intervention reflecting the level of fear and intolerance of the government regarding the growing connection, solidarity and public visibility of LGBTQI+ community.

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