Istanbul Police Uses Force to Enforce Ban on LGBT Pride March

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Frank Reyes and his husband Paul Brady said they decided to march for the first time in many years because they feel need to stand up for their rights.

Using the Turkish hashtag for "we march", the smaller group of demonstrators gathered close to central Taksim Square, to resist the prohibition imposed by the city governor.

"We are not scared, we are here, we will not change", the Pride Committee said in a statement on Sunday.

However, the decision to show their pride with a celebration was taken away from Istanbul's LGBT people when the government stepped in and canceled the event at the 11th hour.

New York City is home to one of the oldest and largest LGBT pride demonstrations in the world.

Ahead of the parade, Guinan said: "I've marched with the FDNY for seven years, and the grand marshals have always been so inspiring". While he has repeatedly caused controversy with conservative comments on sex and family planning, he has tended to avoid public comment on gay issues. "If they have a right to be on the streets, then it's our right, too". "We thank the Mayor, City Council members and Department of Transportation for helping us make this long-awaited tribute a colorful reality".

"New York City has been a leader in the LGBTQ movement going back to the Stonewall Riots, and we should continue to lead today", he told amNewYork.

The Istanbul municipality was quick to respond and deny responsibility for the lighting. The American Civil Liberties Union, Brooke Guinan (trans woman, FDNY firefighter), Krishna Stone (Director of Community Relations, GMHC), and Geng Le (Founder, Blued) will helm 2017's iconic March.

Homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey, as it is some other Muslim countries, and gay parades had been regularly held there every year from 2003 until the recent bans.

The pink triangle was used by Nazis during the Holocaust to identify LGBT prisoners. Cultural icons like Ellen DeGeneres, Caitlyn Jenner, and RuPaul Charles have started national conversations about what it means to be queer. "Now is a time for resistance and resilience", said James Esseks, director of the ACLU's LGBT & HIV Project.

She called the ban "nonsense" and said: "Everybody deserves equal rights".


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