Istanbul Pride march to go on despite governor's ban

Goldin says these two men made her a hat from napkins to shield her from the sun at one year's parade. They have been close friends ever since

Goldin says these two men made her a hat from napkins to shield her from the sun at one year's parade. They have been close friends ever since

Turkish police have prevented LGBT activists from holding a parade in downtown Istanbul, organisers said, as small groups attempted to defy a ban by the local authorities.

The governor's emphasis on public safety and order distorted the image of a planned peaceful march, they said in an online statement headlined: "We are Marching, Get Used to It".

This week, an ultra-nationalist and conservative group said that they would not allow the Pride march to take place.

The governor's office stated the area was not designated for demonstrations and an appropriate application had not been received.

Thousands took part in previous Istanbul pride marches, which were among the most significant LGBT events in the mainly-Muslim region.

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"We are not afraid, we are here, we are not going to change", organizers said in a statement before the event.

"The State is not developing new politics on this and there is no legislation on our fundamental rights and freedoms". In 2016, amid a spate of deadly attacks blamed on the Islamic State group or on outlawed Kurdish militants, the event was banned again but participants still tried to gather.

Turkey's LGBTI community is braced for another confrontation with police on Trans Parade March scheduled for Sunday.

Pride organizers think the celebrations have been banned since 2014 because they coincided with the holy month of Ramadan and a rise in conservatism.

Turkey's LGBTI community is now braced for another confrontation with police today following the latest ban.

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The group said they would be on the ground to prevent the parade, vowing to outnumber parade-goers. "But what we are asking this year is that they not wear their uniform, that they not bring all the aspects of their uniform until we are able to have conversations with those parts of our community that feel that this is not appropriate to what they would like to celebrate in a parade", Olivia Nuamah said in May.

The Turkish government insists that there is no discrimination against individuals based on their sexual orientation, and that existing laws barring discrimination on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity or religion protect all citizens. "And their hate and threat will find a legitimate way".

"We are not scared, we are here, we will not change", they said in a statement on Sunday. "But this year, we also want to call on the non-LGBTQ+ people who support us to stand up, speak out, and march on for us", he added. "It starts in the family, it continues at the university, in the working life", said Deniz Sapka, a 27-year-old transgender woman originally from the southeastern province of Hakkari, who goes by that surname to avoid recognition by family members.

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