01 July 2014

PRIDE 2014

Happy Pride everyone!

as most of you know this month is mostly known for its pride parades all around the world. For those of you who don't know Pride Parades are walks/parades that celebrate the LGBT community and shine light to legal rights such as same sex marriage.  I know i'm writing a blog here but i must admit i'm not the best at describing things so here's the wikipedia page if you want to know more about it.

I live in Istanbul. I didn't know about this but apparently we have been doing the Pride Parade since 2003! We are also the only muslim country to do this. I was pretty proud when i found out about this. Gay marriage is not legalized in Turkey yet, but majority of the society is pretty open about the LGBT community. I'm hoping there will be more to come on this subject in the future.

Basically me and my friend went to this years parade on sunday. I wanted to go for a couple of years and it was definitely a sight to see! The atmosphere was magical, it felt like such a homey environment and everyone came together not to protest but celebrate. The parade was held in Taksim, Istiklal Avenue to be more specific. There were thousands of people; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, straight! Everyone was there to have fun, show their support and raise their voice. I can't stress this enough; It was one of the most incredible sights you could ever see! I took some photos from the event, I hope these can at least slightly give you an idea of how it was...


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