Tear gas, checkpoints greet LGBT pride in Turkey

  • Tear gas, checkpoints greet LGBT pride in Turkey

Tear gas, checkpoints greet LGBT pride in Turkey

"Instead of protecting us, to say "do not march" just because some will be disturbed is undemocratic", she added.

Since 2003, Istanbul's Pride Week drew thousands of participants, making it one of the largest LGBTI gatherings in the Muslim world.

Several demonstrators were detained as Turkish police dispersed an LGBT march in Istanbul's Taksim Square that had been banned earlier by regional authorities.

In Minneapolis, organizers of Sunday's Twin Cities Pride Parade initially asked the police department to limit its participation, with the chairwoman saying the sight of uniformed officers could foster "angst and tension and the feeling of unrest" after a suburban officer's acquittal this month in the deadly shooting of Philando Castile, a black man, during a traffic stop. "You are scared, you will change and you will get used to it".

Istanbul's governor has banned a gay and transgender pride march which was due to take place in the city on Sunday, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group.

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

It was the third straight year in which Turkish authorities impeded the parade that concludes Istanbul's Pride Week.

But two years ago police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse participants, after organizers said they had been refused permission because it coincided with the holy month of Ramadan. "Not only to educate people in general on the diversity of LGBTQ community but also to see how strongly we feel about what's going on in office". "Our security will be provided by recognising us in the constitution, by securing justice, by equality and freedom". Eleven activists appeared in court this week for having flouted the ban at that time. It also said a valid parade application had not been filed for Sunday's event, a claim rejected by organizers.

'If the state allows it, we will not. While he has repeatedly caused controversy with conservative comments on sex and family planning, he has tended to avoid public comment on gay issues. The governor had said his move was motivated by security concerns.

Some partygoers celebrating gay pride held signs Sunday that read "No Ban, No Wall, Welcome Sisters and Brothers" while they danced to electronic music at a stage near San Francisco's City Hall.