Turkish authorities have just ramped up their war on gays

Turkish authorities have just ramped up their war on gays

In June this year Turkish police viciously attacked participants at a gay pride march on Istanbul. And today it’s reported that authorities in Turkey have ramped up their opposition to all things gay by outlawing events organised by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in its capital city, Ankara.

The ban has been imposed to protect “public security”, the Ankara Governor’s office said.  The restrictions came into effect yesterday (Saturday) and will last for an “indefinite” period, applying to all LGBT+ film screenings, theatres, panels and exhibitions.

The governor’s office claimed such events may cause animosity between different groups and endanger “health and morality”, as well as the rights and freedoms of others.

It warned some groups may be provoked by LGBTI events and take action against participants due to

Certain social sensitivities.

Unlike many Muslim countries, homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey and numerous LGBTI associations are legally registered with the state. But there is widespread hostility and rights activists say LGBTI people face discrimination and stigma.

The announcement by Ankara’s government is likely to deepen concern about civil liberties under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Authorities in Ankara had already banned a German gay film festival on Wednesday, the day before it was due to start, citing public safety and terrorism risks. Organisers of Pink Life Queerfest said the ban:

Deprives us of our constitutional rights in the name of ‘protection’.

In June, 25 LGBT+ rights supporters were arrested after attending a banned Pride march. They were later charged with participating in an unauthorised demonstration.

Istanbul’s local government had banned the march at the last minute on the grounds that:

It might lead to provocative actions and disrupt the public order.

Police in riot gear broke up the parade, firing rubber bullets at demonstrators, after organisers decided to press ahead with the event.

Earlier this month, Erdogan accused the main opposition party of moving away from the country’s “moral values” after a small opposition-run district installed a quota for LGBT+ candidates running for election to a neighbourhood committee.

The Turkish leader, a pious Muslim, said the pro-secular main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, would learn “the lesson they deserve” at an election in 2019. He insisted:

We have no business with those who have declared war on the people’s values.

After the 2017 pride parade was broken up, the organisers said in a statement:

We are not scared, we are here, we will not change. You are scared, you will change and you will get used to it.

We are here again to show that we will fight in a determined fashion for our pride. We are not alone, we are not wrong, we have not given up. Governors, governments, states change and we stay. Threats, bans, pressures will not deter us … We will not give up.

Hat tip: Angela_K

16 responses to “Turkish authorities have just ramped up their war on gays”

  1. Bob Hutton says:


  2. 1859 says:

    A backward-facing country, using backward tactics, with a fossilized mindset – it’s called ‘Erdoganism’ in my fluent Turkish. I will cross Turkey off my list of countries to visit when I retire.

  3. 1859 says:

    Oh Shit! Bob’s been infected with ‘Erdoganism’! Everyone run! The smell is awful!

  4. barriejohn says:

    @1859: Fascists will all stand together.

  5. Zatre says:

    Islam … a wonderful gift to humanity.

  6. Zatre says:

    Who the fuck is Bob Hutton?

  7. 1859 says:

    A castrated leprechaun whose hobby is shagging hedgehogs.

  8. L.Long says:

    And a theocracy is what the far right wants to be here in USA (not that we are far from that now). The evils of religion are legion and here is more ahole proving that!

  9. Barry Duke says:

    @ Zartre: All you need to know about Bob Hutton is here.

  10. barriejohn says:

    @Zatre: At risk of playing into the retard’s hands, here is a link to his thoughts on the Australian vote. Prepared to be amazed!

    (PS The fact that Islam is the greatest enemy of, and poses the greatest threat to, Christianity seems to have quite escaped the poor man. Does he know ANYTHING about Turkey?)

  11. 1859 says:

    @barriejohn: Thanks for the bh link – I got as far as the Lake of Fire and my amused interest fizzled dramatically. As someone commented on another thread, with these steadfast religious types, it’s as though certain pathways of thought have become so rigidly cemented in place (no doubt at an early age) that it is nigh impossible for them to think, contemplate, question or wonder about anything different. They have been given a tunnel vision and are still inside the tunnel – and forwards or backwards there is no light. Guess that’s what happens when you shag too many hedgehogs.

  12. AgentCormac says:

    Keep taking the medication, Bob.

  13. Broga says:

    Does your carer know you have got access to a computer, Bob?

  14. Cali Ron says:

    Bob: It’s staring you in the face and we see through it. Time to accept who you really are, come out of the gay, evangelical closet and embrace your obvious homosexuality. We won’t condemn you like you condemn us.

  15. sowa says:

    Of course those cowards will go after far less numerous and influential targets. Numbers and ruthlessness are their only strenghts but too often it’s just enough to snatch power.

  16. Neil says:

    That’s a great inspiring statement from the organisers. All power to them.