Tayyip Erdogan whines about ‘LGBT colours’ at UN

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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 there in the world right now?

“However much right they have on these steps, those against LGBT have as much right as well.”

As usual — wrong!

As usual, the bigoted autocrat is wrong.

The bright colours decorating the United Nations building in New York this week are not those of the Pride Flag.

The 17 colours represent the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 which include wiping out hunger and extreme poverty, battling climate change and inequality, and promoting gender equality.

Turkey does not criminalise gay sex. But queer Turks suffer increasing social hostility under the regime of Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish President frequently demonises members of the community as deviants. Pride marches come under attack by the authorities and in 2020, ILGA-Europe ranked Turkey as Europe’s second-least LGBTQ-friendly country.

Improvements are not expected. Erdogan recently won another term as president and is obviously reluctant to relinquish power any time soon.


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