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Turkish Authorities Ban All LGBTQ Events in Ankara

HeadlineNov 20, 2017
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In Turkey, the governor of Ankara province—home to Turkey’s capital—has banned all events by LGBTQ groups, including parades, protests, films, theater performances and art exhibitions. In a statement, Ankara’s government said such events were likely to “provoke reactions within certain segments” of society—adding that terrorists might target Pride events. In response, the organization Pride Week said it would defy the ban and proceed with a planned march. The group’s president said, “The government should protect us, the group that is being threatened, not nationalist fundamentalist groups. … I believe the ban is about not accepting our sexual orientation and it is a reaction to the movement getting stronger.”

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