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22nd Pride Parade Celebrated in Istanbul
Aydinlik Daily ^ | 06-30-2014 | Pınar Çelik

Posted on 06/30/2014 9:05:41 PM PDT by BurningOak

Hundreds of thousands of people celebrated the LGBT community’s 22nd Pride Parade in Istanbul yesterday.

More than 100, 000 people gathered in Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul to celebrate the 22th Pride Parade for the LGBT community on the 29 June, under some strict security measures by the police who blocked the roads to Taksim Square and Gezi Park with water cannons since early morning.

Community members, as well their families and loved ones participated in the parade, chanting for the freedom for same-sex marriage and against homophobia. They carried banners that said, “Unconditional Love is Possible.”

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The United Kingdom Consulate displayed the LGBT flag on its building near Istiklal Avenue. The US consul, Charles Hunter, also expressed his support for the community: “I am also gay and here I am in the pride parade of the LGBT people.”

(Excerpt) Read more at aydinlikdaily.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: homosexuality; islam; marriage; turkey
I was just amazed this kinda thing goes on in Muslim nations, apparently with a hundred thousand participants (including US embassy officials)... I guess moderate Muslims do exist.
1 posted on 06/30/2014 9:05:41 PM PDT by BurningOak
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To: BurningOak

I honestly assumed this was some kind of satire.


2 posted on 06/30/2014 9:10:53 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: BurningOak

Turkey is like Albania. Only the government has actual Muslims in it.


3 posted on 06/30/2014 9:12:51 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: BurningOak

“I guess moderate Muslims do exist.”

Moderates are everywhere and infect all cultures by aligning themselves with leftists.


4 posted on 06/30/2014 9:14:00 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Viennacon

According to wiki its 99.8% Muslim, you mean most are secularized?


5 posted on 06/30/2014 9:16:22 PM PDT by BurningOak (Live Free or Die)
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To: BurningOak

Amazing that is in a Muslim country!

But get this ... The most gay-friendly city in the world (rated by the gays) is Tel Aviv, Israel!


6 posted on 06/30/2014 9:16:47 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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>> “Unconditional Love is Possible.”

Didn’t know that sodomy was a prerequisite for love...


7 posted on 06/30/2014 9:17:43 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: BurningOak

8 posted on 06/30/2014 9:21:32 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: BurningOak

Thanks for not posting any pics...


9 posted on 06/30/2014 9:22:09 PM PDT by PROCON (I WILL NOT SUBMIT TO TYRANNY!)
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To: BurningOak

It is amazing, but I’ve been hoping television would undermine the Muslims like it has the US, and maybe this is an indication of that.


10 posted on 06/30/2014 9:23:07 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: jocon307

The 22nd annual Istanbuldyke Day?


11 posted on 06/30/2014 9:23:29 PM PDT by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: BurningOak

The whole world is having a love affair with “openly gay” sexual deviants. Doesn’t say much for the human race, does it?


12 posted on 06/30/2014 9:24:59 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The future must not belong to those who slander bacon.)
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To: BurningOak

Yes. That is what Turkey has tried to be for many years - secularized. But at some future time this will collapse, and Turkey will collapse with it.


13 posted on 06/30/2014 9:26:10 PM PDT by Cry if I Wanna
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To: BurningOak

Pretty sure if they tried this anywhere in Turkey except Istanbul—Anatolia especially—it would be over very quickly.


14 posted on 06/30/2014 9:26:55 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: BurningOak

“Pride”? Complete absence of shame is more like it.
Filthy homosexuality is nothing to be proud of.


15 posted on 06/30/2014 9:34:13 PM PDT by Edward Teach
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To: BurningOak

Tens of thousands in this story - http://www.dw.de/tens-of-thousands-take-to-the-streets-in-istanbuls-gay-pride-parade/a-17745525


16 posted on 06/30/2014 9:36:39 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: BurningOak

Will anyone in any media outlet anywhere in the world ever have a brain-flash and question exactly what these pervs are proud of?


17 posted on 06/30/2014 9:41:21 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: BurningOak

There’s nothing new about Middle Eastern homosexuality. The article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexuality_in_ancient_Greece tells about it.


18 posted on 06/30/2014 9:44:05 PM PDT by OldNavyVet
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To: FlingWingFlyer

We are on a sure path to self destruction… will Christ come for the righteous or will humanity end with a whimper? We will find out.


19 posted on 06/30/2014 9:59:41 PM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: BurningOak

Hmmm....wondering what I.S. thinks of this?


20 posted on 06/30/2014 10:22:10 PM PDT by TheDon (Californians are losing their right to keep and bear firearms one firearm at a time.)
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To: MUDDOG

The rise of Islamic rule by democratic means in Turkey is a reaction by the rural areas to the “liberalization” of the urban areas. Satellite TV brought in the glitz, glamour and porn to Turkey in the 1990’s.

Its amazing that the Islamic democratically elected Erdogan government tolerated this protest. They’ve been putting down every other demonstration recently.

I guess they can tolerate whatever won’t attack the government directly.


21 posted on 07/01/2014 1:06:56 AM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: BurningOak
The US consul, Charles Hunter, also expressed his support for the community: “I am also gay and here I am in the pride parade of the LGBT people.”

Are there any heterosexuals in the diplomatic sewrvice? ANY?

22 posted on 07/01/2014 1:29:18 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Viennacon
Turkey is like Albania. Only the government has actual Muslims in it.

Maybe in Istanbul, but go east or south of Ankara and things get more fundamental.

23 posted on 07/01/2014 1:30:38 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Nextrush
The rise of Islamic rule by democratic means in Turkey is a reaction by the rural areas to the “liberalization” of the urban areas. Satellite TV brought in the glitz, glamour and porn to Turkey in the 1990’s.

So that's the opposite of what I expected. You're saying TV riled them up instead of turning them into feckless couch potatoes.

24 posted on 07/01/2014 8:46:43 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: MUDDOG

I’m no expert on Turkey, I have my degree in media studies and I am fascinated by international media and media history.

The rise of the AK party and their challenge to the secualarist westernized parties followed the media expansion in Turkey from the handful of government only television channels broadcasting 12 hours or less Turks with TV watched in the 1960’s and 70’s.

I understand from US military that served in Turkey that there was always prostitution or porn there, but the rise of 24-hour satellite TV enabled it to be put in people’s faces and it appears Islamic elementsn reacted influenced by events to the southeast decided to take the democratic system and try to win power that way.

In the end, they succeeded.


25 posted on 07/01/2014 8:56:16 AM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: Nextrush
It's neat to speculate on the impact of TV/internet on society. The wheel's still in spin, so it's hard to tell how it will shake out.

For example, I think McLuhan's old distinction of radio as hot and TV as cool has turned out to be bunk.

26 posted on 07/01/2014 9:10:01 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: MUDDOG

People spend hours consuming media and they are changed by it.

Media consumers, their family members and society as a whole are affected by it causing a disturbance in the culture.

Political and or religious forces can come into the void and offer the “solution” to the disturbance.


27 posted on 07/01/2014 10:46:48 AM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: Nextrush
Great point! It's a feedback system. It either spirals wildly out of control (unstable) or settles down into an equilibrium (stable), or something in-between.

Like the motion of the solar system (basically stable solution to differential equations), or a nuclear bomb chain reaction (unstable Markov chain).

28 posted on 07/01/2014 10:57:03 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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