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|Istanbul’s Gay Pride March|
Thousands took to the streets Sunday to express their support for Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, community and to protest against hate crimes on the last day of Istanbul’s 19th LGBT Pride Week in Taksim Square
Turkish gay pride march draws thousands
By Jeremiah Bailey-Hoover, For CNN People take part in the Gay Pride Parade on Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul on Sunday. Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) — Thousands of Turks marched through Istanbul in a demonstration calling for improved rights and greater
by ORHAN KEMAL CENGİZ
The situation of sexual minorities — lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) — in Turkey is one of the most problematic areas with respect to their rights.
With an annual gay pride march planned for this weekend and a vibrant gay nightlife, Istanbul, in many ways, is an oasis for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in the Muslim world. But instances of hate crimes, along with sluggish police responses, emphasize that Turkey remains divided on the matter of equal rights for LGBT individuals, a new report from Amnesty International suggests.