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In Turkey, Ankara Wakes Up to Court Lifting LGBTI Events Ban

Expand Middle East Technical University’s LGBTI+ Solidarity fly a rainbow flag from a campus dormitory to celebrate the lifting of a ban on LGBTI events in Ankara, April 19, 2019. © 2019 Middle East Technical University LGBTI+ Solidarity An Ankara court has finally ended a ban on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) events in Turkey’s capital. The court ruled that the ban, in force since November 2017, was unlawful and restricted rights and freedoms in unconditional, vague, and disproportionate ways. The court emphasized that authorities have a duty to take security measures…

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