Pride, LGBTQ, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Baltic, Lithuania, Turkey, Singapore, California, TGI Justice Project, St. James Infirmary, #BlackLivesMatter
Pride, LGBTQ, Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Baltic, Lithuania, Turkey, Singapore, California, TGI Justice Project, St. James Infirmary, #BlackLivesMatter

Turkey Bans Pride March — It Happens Anyway

Last month was Pride month around the world — and countries all over celebrated. Even some countries you might not expect, like Ukraine or Turkey — even if the Turkish one wasn’t official or sanctioned by the government. We take a look at that and more in our look at what Pride looks like around the world!

  • Ukraine successfully held its largest official Pride event with over a thousand peaceful participants despite prior threats of a ‘bloodbath.’ European Parliament members Sophie in’t Veld, Ana Gomes, and Rebecca Harms and US Special Envoy Randy Berry attended the event. 
  • In Bosnia-Herzegovina, participants of a silent protest were moved to march through the streets in an unofficial parade to express solidarity with the LGBTQI community.
  • Nearly 2,000 people participated in the Baltic Pride parade held this year in Lithuania. The event—which rotates between Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia—included ambassadors, politicians, and LGBT community members and allies from across the region.
  • After Turkey officials banned organizers from holding schedule Pride events, some participants marched anyway— with supporters embracing the Twitter hashtag #izinistemedikki, which translates to “We did not ask for your permission.” Istanbul riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd.
  • In Singapore the Ministry of Home Affairs warned foreign groups and businesses to stop supporting gay pride events or events advocating “the LGBT clause.”
  • US Pride events were given increased police presence. In California, the Black Lives Matter group, St. James Infirmary (a sex workers support group), and TGI Justice Project (an advocacy group for trans, intersex, and other gender nonconforming people in prison) announced they would not participate. Grand Marshal Janetta Johnson remarked: “While I am thankful for this honor, and grateful to Pride for bringing our work to the front this year, the decision to add more police to Pride does not make me, or my community, more safe.”

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