The Istanbul Governor’s Office has rejected a demand from LGBT groups to issue a public press release in Istanbul’s Tunel Square, located at the end of the city’s central İstiklal Avenue, LGBT rights group Kaos GL reported
Expressing their disapproval regarding the press statement to be held on 14th Pride Week, İstanbul Governorship has also taken “social sensitivities” into account.

Organizers say gay pride march in Istanbul canceled after ban

The Istanbul governor’s office last week said the marches had been banned out of concern for public order. Security in the city is already tight after a …

Organisers say gay pride march in Istanbul cancelled after …

ISTANBUL, June 24 (Reuters) – An annual gay pride parade in the Turkish city of Istanbul will not go aheadon Sunday, organisers said in a statement .

How Pride marches spread around the world

Since 1970, when the first march took place in New York, the Pride movement has spread to every continent – but still remains banned in some places

Sexual abuse all around Turkey

Mass sexual abuse occurred in a village school near the western city of İzmir, which was only discovered thanks to a courageous teacher called Saadet

More human rights abuses in Turkey | Letters

Each day brings new and disturbing accounts of story repression and human rights abuses in Turkey (Turkish journalists rally behind pro-Kurdish paper after arrests, 21 June), most recently in the arrest and detention in Istanbul on 20 June of our colleague and anti-torture campaigner, Sebnem Korur Fincanci, together with human rights activists, Erol Onderolu and Ahmet Nesin. Dr Fincanci has worked tirelessly to support survivors of torture in Turkey and internationally. She played a crucial role in the creation of the Istanbul protocol, the international standard doctors use in medico-legal reports when documenting and assessing torture, and is a member of the International Forensic Expert Group. She has written extensively on torture and medical ethics, in Turkey and elsewhere, and was involved in postmortems from mass graves in Bosnia. It is shameful that such a valiant defender of human rights has been detained since she appears to have been arrested for exercising democratic rights. She and her colleagues should be released immediately and we urge the UK government to press their case with the Turkish government as a matter of urgency.
Susan Munroe
Chief executive, Freedom from Torture

Everything you need to know about being gay in Muslim countries

The official fiction, Brian Whitaker explains, is that gay people don’t exist in the Middle East. They do – and for many of them, the attitudes of family and society are a much bigger problem than the fear of being persecuted

Between Male and Female

Laverne Cox, the actress who plays Sophia Burset on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, made television history by being the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy.Jordan Strauss/AP

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