Turkey: Gay pride marches in Istanbul cancelled due to security threats

The Istanbul Governate has banned transgender and gay pride marches this month due to security concerns. An ultra conservative youth group has threatened that they will not allow the LGBT events to take place.

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Large LGBT events originally planned for June 19 and 26 are banned due to the security threats. Recently there have been deadly terrorist bombings in Istanbul. Gays in this largely Muslim and conservative country have reported harassment and abuse.