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Istanbul Trans Pride parade turns into Gezi Park protest

Gay Star News
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June 24, 2013

Turkey’s transgender community held its 4th annual pride march along Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue yesterday, but the event turned into a protest in solidarity with the Gezi Park protesters and marchers were reportedly applauded by bystanders. According to the Hurriyet Daily News, marchers chanted, ‘Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is resistance,’ and ‘this is just the beginning, the struggle continues,’ in reference to the people in nearby Taksim Square protesting the planned demolition of Gezi Park. The marchers also chanted, “We don’t want a transphobic state,’ and ‘Don’t keep silent, shout, there are homosexuals.’