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Thousands turn out for rally in Turkey against gay rights

Turkish demonstrators chant slogans while holding Turkish flags and banners during a anti-LGBT protest in the Fatih district of Istanbul, September 18, 2022. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Turkish demonstrators chant slogans while holding Turkish flags and banners during a anti-LGBT protest in the Fatih district of Istanbul, September 18, 2022. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

A conservative anti-LGBTQ group marches in Istanbul to defend what they describe as traditional family values in the largest demonstration of its kind in Turkey.

Several thousand people join the “The Big Family Gathering” to demand that LGBTQ associations be shuttered and their activities banned.

Kursat Mican, a speaker for the organizers, says they gathered more than 150,000 signatures to demand a new law from Turkey’s parliament that would ban LGBTQ propaganda, which they say pervades Netflix, social media, arts, and sports.

The group holds banners that read: “Protecting the family is a national security issue.”

LGBTQ parades have not been allowed in Turkey since 2015.

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