Turkish president: ‘No such thing as LGBT’

Turkish president: ‘No such thing as LGBT’
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Turkey’s president Erdogan has ramped up the anti-queer rhetoric declaring this week that ‘there is no such thing as LGBT’. His extraordinary comments come as protests have continued for over a month at one of Istanbul’s universities.

 

Over 300 students have taken issue with the appointment of a former political candidate as the rector at the university, an action they see as undemocratic and a further move into government control of the public’s lives.

 

Turkey’s Interior Minister described the LGBT crowd or students as ‘freaks’, declaring the young protestors as terrorists and displaying ‘hateful conduct’.

 

The US State Department spokesman Ned Price stood with the protestors declaring ‘even speech that some may find uncomfortable, is a critical component of vibrant functioning democracy’

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