Roughly one hundred people demonstrated on Istiklal Street in Istanbul on Saturday in a creative and lively protest against recent controversial comments by a government minister that have drawn significant attention in Turkey and abroad.
State Minister in charge of families and children, Selma Aliye Kavaf, angered Turkey’s gay rights alliance Lamda, when she told daily HUrriyet in an interview earlier this month “I believe homosexuality is a biological disorder, a disease.”
“I believe [homosexuality] is something that needs to be treated,” she also told the daily.
In the statement it released at the protest, Lambda countered that it believes that it is not homosexuality but homophobia, transphobia and discrimination more generally that are disease in need of treatment.
Gays hold lively demonstration against comments by Turkish minister - Hurriyet Daily News and Economic Review