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Posted on : Hurriyet Daily News | November 19th, 2017
The governor’s office of the Turkish capital Ankara has banned the public showing of all films, exhibitions and events related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues, citing “public sensitivities.”
“Starting from Nov. 18, 2017, considering public sensitivities, any events such as LGBT … cinema, theater performances, panels, interviews and exhibitions are banned until further notice in our province, in order to provide peace and security,” the Ankara Governor’s Office stated on Nov. 19.
The authorities in Ankara had banned a German gay film festival on Nov. 15, the day before it was due to start, citing “public safety and terrorism risks.”
Four movies by German directors were scheduled to be screened as part of the two-day festival, organized jointly by the German Embassy and the Pink Life QueerFest.
Pink Life QueerFest said the festival had been attacked on social media.
The bans come after annual LGBT pride marches have been banned for three years running in Turkey.