Turkey Bans All Gay Rights Functions in Capital
Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, has banned all gay festivals, screenings, forums and exhibitions on security grounds.[“From Saturday] 18 November until further notice, all film and theatre events, screenings, panels, colloquium, exhibitions, etc… have been banned,” the city administration said on its website.
The announcement follows a move this month to ban a festival of German-language gay films also due to have been held in the city.
In a statement announcing the German film ban, the office of Ankara Governor Mehmet Kılıclar said the festival’s content “could incite grudges and enmity toward a part of society”.
Intelligence suggested that “terror organisations” were seeking “to attack dissident groups or individuals” and that the screening “could have been provocative”.
It argues that such functions in Ankara and its surrounding province are likely to “provoke reactions within certain segments” of society and are also at risk of being targeted by “terrorists”.
The popular annual gay pride rally in Istanbul has been blocked for three years by the authorities, who cited security concerns. In 2003 Turkey became the first Muslim majority country to allow a gay pride march.
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