Pride Week underway in Istanbul

Turkey’s LGBT communities and their supporters kicked off Istanbul’s 19th Pride Week this Monday. A week of events will be capped by next week’s Pride Parade, during which thousands will march against discrimination.

June is Pride Month in many countries as LGBT communities around the world hold events to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots that kick-started the gay rights movement in the United States.

Turkey’s very first Pride Week goes back to 1993 when the organization of the events opened the way for the establishment of lambdaistanbul, the biggest LGBT organization in Turkey.

However it took another ten years for the Pride parade to become possible, the first Pride Parade took place on İstiklal Avenue with the participation of not more than 30 people. But the number increased each year, last year around 5,000 people gathered and marched against homophobia and transphobia.

Pride Week includes a diverse range of events from workshops and panels to film screenings and parties, covering issues on discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, and hate crimes.

Last year’s themes at Pride Week were family, hate crimes and religion. This year, the events will be based on themes of taboos and laws.

Happy Pride Week everyone, we would love for our readers to send us photos of the week’s events.

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