Gay-Lesbian Rights Under Attack In Turkey

Lambda Istanbul is an organization devoted to defending the rights of gays and lesbians in Turkey. the Governor’s office in Istanbul filed suit to close down the organization because its objectives are “against the law and are immoral.” Turkish government officials have continually closed down gay and lesbian organizations since they consider such groups to violate the Muslim religion and its values. Lambda Istanbul’s charter states its aim is supporting “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people” to realize their inner selves and to attain peace and security.

Turkey is fighting to create a society in which both secular and religious minded people can live in peace while respecting the rights of those who differ on religious grounds. Surely, the same attitude should be shown to those whose sexual orientation differs from other people. If freedom is limited to a few, then freedom can not exist.

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