“We are not scared,” Turkish LGBT protesters tell government

 

An attempt to hold a Gay Pride parade in Istanbul has been stopped by the authorities.

Police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets at approximately 40 demonstrators as they attempted to join in a Gay Pride march which had been banned by the local authorities.

Homosexuality is legal in Turkey, but it still remains a taboo and LGBT people are subject to homophobia.

This is the third time in as many years that the Pride march has been banned.

In a statement the Gay Pride organising committee said: “We are not scared, we are here, we will not change.

“You are scared, you will change and you will get used to it.

“We are here again to show that we will fight in a determined fashion for our Pride.”