The LGBT community in Turkey must endure hardships imposed by their government, as the nation’s capital recently got hit with some bans. Ankara believes they are doing their citizens a favor by suppressing the acts of LGBT pride activities.

“A part of society with different qualities in terms of social class, race, religion, sect, or region could therefore explicitly incite another part [of the society] to grudges and enmity, posing an open and imminent danger in terms of public safety,” the statement said.

Clearly, the Turkish government is sadly unable to see their LGBT citizens as equals, believing the art and connection they share with each other will incite negativity in the city. A little Goal 10 of the 17 SDGs would really do justice in Turkey…