Turkey bans all LGBTQ events in capital to ‘protect public security’

Ankara governor's office claims LGBTQ film screenings, theatre shows and exhibitions endanger 'health and morality' by inflaming 'social sensitivities'

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Turkey has banned all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups in its capital city, Ankara.

The ban has been imposed to protect “public security”, the Ankara governor’s office said.

The restrictions came into effect on Saturday and will last for an “indefinite” period, applying to all LGBTI film screenings, theatres, panels and exhibitions.

The announcement by Ankara’s government is likely to deepen concern about civil liberties under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, independent.co.uk reports.

This is called state run homophobia.

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