Turkish capital bans all LGBT events

The Turkish capital Ankara has banned all LGBT events including film screenings, plays, and discussion panels on grounds of “security”

This follows a ban last week on a festival of gay German language films.

The city said on its website that “until further notice, all film and theatre events, screenings, panels, colloquium, exhibitions, etc. have been banned.”

It said that such events might provoke “certain sections” of society and attract the attention of terrorists.

Homosexuality is legal in Turkey but LGBT activists have claimed that the country is rife with homophobia and anti-gay violence and harassment.