Istanbul bans Pride

The governor of the Turkish city of Istanbul has banned gay, lesbian and transgender individuals from holding pride parades at their usual venue, citing security concerns.

It said Friday that marches departing from Istanbul’s iconic Taksim Square would not be allowed “for the safety of our citizens and the participants.”

The LGBT community has called for demonstrations on June 19 and June 26, bookending pride week.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkey-bans-gay-pride-parade-istanbul-citing-security-39930428

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