LGBT events banned in Turkish capital to 'protect public security'

LGBT events banned in Ankara to 'protect public security'

LGBT events have been banned in Ankara (Stock image)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Turkey has announced a ban on LGBT-related events being held in its capital ,Ankara.

The ban includes events such as LGBT films, theatre productions and exhibitions. The ruling is to last for an “indefinite” amount of time.

According to the Ankara Governor's Office this is in order to protect “public security," The Independent reported.

It also claimed LGBT events could cause tensions between different groups of people and damage rights and freedoms as well as “health and morality."

Being homosexual in Turkey is not illegal and the country has several registered LGBT organisations, however campaigners claim there is still widespread discrimination against the LGBT community.

Indeed, this is not the first time authorities in Turkey have banned LGBT events. Last week a gay film festival was cancelled a day before its scheduled start, due to reported fears over terrorism and safety.

Istanbul has had its gay pride march cancelled for the past two years and earlier this year, on June 25, LGBT activists were arrested for being part of a banned march.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also accused the opposition party of becoming removed from Turkey's morals after an opposition-run district implemented a quota to ensure a minimum number of LGBT election candidates.