7 Activists detained at Istanbul Trans Pride March

The 2017 Istanbul Trans Pride March went ahead despite being banned by authorities at the last moment.

Organizers defiantly disregarded the Governor’s order and read a statement asking why after being protected by police for 6 years were the last two trans Pride parades attacked by police, the ones charged with protecting them.

Istanbul trans pride march

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The organization tweeted “all roads lead to Taksim,” using the hashtag “GameOfTrans,” but police prevented them from reaching Taksim Square. A water cannon sent to the area wasn’t used on the activists.

Photo kaosgl.org

After the march, the police detained 7 people without any justification. The names of the detainees are as follows: Bursa Kılıçkaya from Pemba Hayat LGBTİ, LGBTI + activists Şevval Kilic, Özgür Durmaz, Emre Aymelek, Beniz Ertürk, Umut Avcı and photographer Ömer Tevfik Erten. All were released after one hour according to kaosgl.org

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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