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Tayyip Erdogan whines about ‘LGBT colours’ at UN

Turkish media reports the country’s president Tayyip Erdogan complained this week that he was uncomfortable with the ‘LGBT colours’ at the United Nations. “One of the issues that bothers me the most… is that when entering the United Nations General Assembly, you see the LGBT colours on steps and other places. “How many LGBT are …

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Australian man arrested and detained in Turkey after Pride march

An Australian man and an Iranian refugee were among dozens of people arrested in a police crackdown on Turkey’s annual Pride parade last week. On June 25 in Istanbul, members of the LGBTQIA+ community marched peacefully through city streets. But the government had banned the parade and in violent scenes large numbers of police arrested …

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Desperate Erdogan brands opponent ‘LGBT person’

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan branded political rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu an ‘LGBT person’ at a Thursday rally. Elected Prime Minister in 2003, Recep Tayyip Erdogan then won election as President in 2014. He enjoys extensive powers following a 2017 referendum that replaced parliamentary government with an executive presidency. The staunch Islamist enjoyed popular support until …

Adelaide cabaret star has suffering foot and back injuries after a cruise ship near Turkey.

Cabaret star Hans gives update on injuries after cruise ship fall

Cabaret star Hans has given an update on the injuries he suffered after a horror fall on a cruise ship near Turkey. The Adelaide entertainer, whose real name is Matt Gilbertson, was on a European tour as his camp German accordion player persona last month. But while performing on a cruise ship off Turkey, the …

Adelaide cabaret star has suffering foot and back injuries after a cruise ship near Turkey.

Hans’ manager gives update on cabaret star’s injuries after stage fall

Australian cabaret star Hans is still preparing to fly to London for “very delicate” surgery within days, his manager has said, after the performer was injured on a cruise ship last week. The entertainer (pictured), whose real name is Matt Gilbertson, was performing on a cruise ship when he fell from the stage into an …

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Religious Freedom: Turkish popstar Gülşen arrested over joke

Turkish popstar Gülşen, a prominent LGBT ally, is languishing in an Istanbul prison cell after her arrest for some onstage banter with a band member which offended bigots. As though more evidence was needed that religious freedom is generally code for religious dictatorship. Following her first hits in 1996, Gülşen went on to become a …

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Police in Turkey break up pride parade with tear gas and rubber bullets

Police in Turkey broke up a banned Istanbul Pride parade with tear gas and rubber bullets, and arrested at least 20 people. For the last seven years, authorities have banned the parade from going ahead. However with the exception of last year, protesters have gathered anyway despite the threat of police crackdown. On Saturday (June …

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Europe’s 10 best and 10 worst countries for LGBTIQ people revealed

Advocacy group ILGA-Europe has ranked the most and least LGBTIQ-friendly countries in Europe in its annual Rainbow Europe Country Ranking. The yearly list, backed by the European Union, ranks 49 European countries from most to least LGBTQ-friendly. Each country’s ranking is based on how the laws and policies of each country affect the lives of …

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Gay Refugees Finally Settle Into A Loving Home In Canada

It’s been a long, daunting journey but love has finally prevailed. Alireza, who is from Iran, and his partner Kiran, who is from India, arrived in Canada last week, greeted at the airport by members of the Vancouver Rainbow Refugee group who sponsored them. The couple were forced to flee their home countries so they …