Turkish capital Ankara bans all gay rights functions

Elias Hubbard
November 20, 2017

Now, just days after, Ankara has placed a ban on all LGBT events, for an "indefinite" period.

It argues that LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) events are likely to "provoke reactions within certain segments" of society and has issued the ban to "maintain public order".

The announcement follows a move last week to ban a festival of German-language gay films also due to have been held in the city.

Turkey is one of few Muslim nations in the world where homosexuality is not illegal.

["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.

Turkish capital Ankara bans all gay rights functions
Turkish capital Ankara bans all gay rights functions

"A part of society with different qualities in terms of social class, race, religion, sect, or region could therefore explicitly incite another part (of the society) to grudges and enmity, posing an open and imminent danger in terms of public safety", the statement said, according to the newspaper. The LGBT ban was announced as the European Union said it will withhold more than $175 euros intended for Turkey as punishment for the country's "deteriorating situation in relation to democracy, rule of law and human rights".

Gay activists says they have been subjected to various forms of discrimination including harassment, abuse and rape.

The annual gay pride rally in Istanbul - once a hugely popular event -- has been blocked by authorities for three years in a row also on security grounds.

Earlier this month President Erdogan accused the main opposition party of moving away from the country's moral values after a small opposition-run district installed a quota for LGBTI candidates running for election to a neighbourhood committee.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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