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  1. Monday 3rd
    posted by Morning Star in World

    HUNDREDS of thousands of people descended onto Madrid’s streets at the weekend to march for global LGBT rights.

    Fifty-two floats took the festivities, which was backed by all major political parties, through the Spanish capital, followed by a slow-moving mass of people decked out in rainbow flags and colourful outfits, dancing to music in the sun.

    The For LGBTI Rights All Over the World march included several groups from other countries, as well as organisations ranging from rural lesbians to gay and lesbian police officers.

    “For all the people in countries who are suffering persecution, we have to celebrate and make visible our pride,” Spanish LGBT federation leader Jesus Generelo told the large crowd from an outdoor stage after the march.

    Four activists read a manifesto urging the European Union to help export LGBTI rights around the world, with particular emphasis on countries that discriminate against, criminalise or torture gay people.

    It also demanded that the World Health Organisation stop categorising transgender identity as a mental illness.

    The massive outdoor gathering was the highlight of the 10-day World Pride 2017 festival, which ended yesterday. The multinational event was held in London in 2012, Toronto in 2014 and it will next be in New York in 2019.

    While Spanish police had no indications of planned attacks by extremist groups, they reduced the traffic flow, banned heavy lorries and deployed 3,500 police in the city centre.

    Spain legalised same-sex marriage and adoptions in 2005 and all government offices will soon be legally obliged to remove all barriers to equality.



  2. Monday 3rd July 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    SMALL numbers of transgender rights activists tried to march to Istanbul’s main Taksim square yesterday, despite a ban imposed by the city governor and security measures by police.

    Istanbul LGBTI, which hosted the Eighth Trans Pride March, said on social media that it would not recognise the ban.

    Activists gathered in the Harbiye district, carrying rainbow flags, and declared in a live online statement: “We are trans, we are here, get used to it, we are not leaving.”

    The organisation also tweeted: “All roads lead to Taksim,” but activists were dispersed by police when they tried to march.

    The governor’s office declared the event banned on Saturday night for the second year in a row.

    It claimed “marginal groups” on social media had called the march, adding that it was being banned to preserve public order and keep participants and tourists safe.

    The ban noted that “very serious reactions have been raised by different segments of society,” referring to violent threats by conservative and ultra-nationalist groups.



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