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BREAKING NEWS: After cancelling the planned annual Gay Pride March in Istanbul, Turkey, over so called “safety concerns,” police have now issued a threat of arrest for anyone gathering or organizing to make a statement about gay pride. This comes after Pride marchers were violently attacked by police in years past (Pictured) and dispersed with water cannons and force.  According to Al Jezerra, the parade took place peacefully for 13 years, until in 2013 and 2015, authorities cracked down.  In 2014, the Pride march was held without incident.

To the LGBTQ community of Turkey, please be careful and stay safe, please know the world is watching! Thank you for your courage, and don’t ever let them silence you! Remember that water cannons leave behind rainbows. Be proud, be strong, be brave, and never forget; It gets better!

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Istanbul Governor has banned Pride March this year, however people still showed up even though the possible risk of police brutality. I am so proud of the LGBT Community in my city <3 

Some of the civilians and lawyers are getting detained. Some of them are facing with police brutality. 

*some of the pictures are from earlier pride marches in Istanbul

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Photographs of Turkish köçekler (sing. köçek). The custom of the köçek is, nowadays, an obscure and shunned part of Turkish history. The köçek was normally a very attractive young man entertaining, usually in typically feminine attire. In a weird mix of transvestism, Ottoman supremacism, and sexual slavery, the  köçek boys were forcefully taken from ethnic groups on the fringes of the Ottoman Empire, such as albanians, jews, romani, armenians, and kurds. These boys often came from a non-muslim background, supposedly legitimizing their coerced subjugation by Ottoman sultans and warlords. The köçek boy would be employed as long as his youthful and androgynous characteristics persisted, being usually let go as his beard developed. They were sexually available, taking on a traditionally passive female sexual role. 

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Might be my favorite video of the day.

The realism and the honesty in this seriously made me tear up. I was never crazy about Athena but this makes me see them in a different light. Quite brave for them to not only make a music video about drag queens & trans people & lgbt life but to do it in a predominantly Muslim and aggressive country like Turkey and without fetishising or condemning the subject of the clip requires serious balls.

Tencere Kapak ve LGBTİ+

Beni okuyan kimse olmasa dahi yazmamkadar üzücü bir olay var mıdır a olmayan dostlar.

Ben dün sabah yine en grumpy halimle uyanmış ve yataktan çıkmadan önce şu sıralar pek fazla düşünmeden duramadığım kadının twitterını stalklayacaktım ki GZone’un haberini gördüm. “Kenan Doğulu Yeni Klibinde Eşcinsel Çiftlere Yer Verdi.” tarzı bir cümle. Durur muyum hemen açtım klibi.

Havuzda bir lezbiyen çift,gökdelen tepesinde eğlenen bir genç gey çift olmak üzere iki sevimli çifte yer vermiş Kenan Doğulu klibinde. Abartmıyorum gözlerim doldu. Kendim gibi insanları ekranda görmek değişik bir haz ve güven duygusu veriyor. Niye bilmiyorum. Bir önceki yazımda birilerinin artık destek göstermesi gerektiğini söylemiştim. Yukarıda biri beni duydu sanırım.