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Turkey: Police detain 65 more in university protests

Turkey: Police detain 65 more in university protests

(Reuters) – Turkish police detained 65 people late on Thursday over protests which first started last month at a top university, authorities said on Friday, continuing a crackdown on the protesters despite growing international criticism. The Istanbul governor’s office said the protesters had violated a ban on public demonstrations, gatherings and marches imposed due to […]

Turkey dismisses criticism of response to university protests

Turkey dismisses criticism of response to university protests

(Reuters) – Turkey’s foreign ministry on Thursday dismissed international criticism of its response to the month-long protests at one of the country’s top universities, warning that such criticism could encourage what it called illegal acts. Students and teachers at Istanbul’s Bogazici University have protested President Tayyip Erdogan’s appointment of Melih Bulu, an academic and former […]

Twitter: Turkish minister’s LGBT comments ‘hateful conduct’

Twitter: Turkish minister’s LGBT comments ‘hateful conduct’

(Reuters) – Turkey’s interior minister on Tuesday condemned protesters at a top Istanbul university as “LGBT deviants”, in a statement which Twitter deemed as hateful conduct. [Twitter has since removed the tweet]. Students and teachers at Istanbul’s Bogazici University have held protests for the last month, against the appointment of Melih Bulu as rector, by […]

Turkey: Call for Netflix boycott after rumours of gay character

Turkey: Call for Netflix boycott after rumours of gay character

Rumours of a gay character in a new Turkish Netflix series, ‘Love 101’, have ignited calls for a boycott of the streaming service, and sharp criticism from the broadcast regulator. A furore erupted after a now-deleted Twitter account, @love101netflix, suggested one of the main characters in the show – a story about students helping their […]

Turkey: Judge refuses to throw out trial of Pride marchers

Turkey: Judge refuses to throw out trial of Pride marchers

A Turkish court on Tuesday rejected calls to throw out the trial of 19 people for participating in an LGBT+ Pride march on a university campus. Most of the 18 students, and a faculty member from the Middle East Technical University (METU) were charged with “refusing to disperse”, after being arrested at a May 10 […]

Turkey criticised for boycott of Eurovision over LGBT performers

Turkey criticised for boycott of Eurovision over LGBT performers

Turkey’s boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest for including gay and transgender performers, such as bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst, was criticised on Thursday as an attempt to “erase the LGBT community” in the country. Turkish Radio and Television (TRT) head, Ibrahim Eren, said Turkey was unlikely to take part again next year because […]

Istanbul: LGBT community hold smaller rally after pride march banned again

Istanbul: LGBT community hold smaller rally after pride march banned again

(Reuters) – Members of Istanbul’s [LGBT] community gathered for a rally on Sunday, instead of the annual Pride march, after they said the parade itself had been banned by the city’s governor for the third consecutive year. The march used to see tens of thousands of people parade down Istanbul’s main Istiklal Street, but Sunday’s […]

Istanbul: LGBT pride march will go ahead despite ban – organisers

Istanbul: LGBT pride march will go ahead despite ban – organisers

(Reuters) – Istanbul’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride march will go ahead on Sunday even though the governorship of the Turkish city banned it citing security concerns, theorganisers of the event said on Friday. In a statement published on the Facebook page of Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week, the organisers said the decision to […]

Turkey: Ankara ban on LGBTI events continues as Turkish courts reject NGO appeals

Turkey: Ankara ban on LGBTI events continues as Turkish courts reject NGO appeals

The ban on public events organised by LGBTI groups, imposed by the Ankara Governor’s office in November 2017, has been upheld by Ankara’s 4th and 13th Administrative Courts. Two Ankara-based LGBTI NGOs, Kaos GL and Pembe Hayat (Pink Life) had challenged the ban in court, initiating their legal action days after Ankara’s governorship made the announcement. […]

Kürşad Kahramanoğlu, Turkish LGBT activist and former ILGA Sec-Gen, has passed away

Kürşad Kahramanoğlu, Turkish LGBT activist and former ILGA Sec-Gen, has passed away

Kürşad Kahramanoğlu, the LGBT activist from Turkey who played a crucial role in the ILGA organisation for many years, passed away on Friday last, 12th January. A passionate LGBT activist, trade unionist, and leader in the community, Kürşad served as Secretary-General of ILGA between 1999 and 2006, becoming one of the longest-standing Secretary-Generals in the history of […]