IDAHOT Report 2016: Turkey

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The Turkish LGBT community this year faced several legal difficulties in their efforts to celebrate IDAHOT 2016. According to local LGBT group Kaos GL a planned IDAHOT march was banned by state authorities after their license was revoked.
The event was reportedly cancelled due to security concerns, but the group also claim the decision to remove their license was part of a targeted persecution of their group, which has often been critical of the political establishment in the past.
Kaos GL and the LGBT community instead held a small closed event. Several small events were also held by the international community. In Istanbul the Swedish consulate hosted an afternoon in support of the day, which featured live performances and a talk on discrimination.

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