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Leaflets reading “homosexuality is despicableness and can be turned away by convincement” were distributed to people sitting in Alsancak, İzmir on Friday (July 20).
Also leaflets reading “homosexuality is perversion” were dropped in mail boxes and streets in capital city of Ankara on the same day.
According to Pembe Hayat (Pink Life), in the leaflets generating hate speech it is alleged that the homosexuals are supported by “British deep state” and homosexuals are described as “sexual pervert”.
Claiming that “[homosexuality] is being forced on people under the cover of ‘human rights’ and youngsters shouldn’t fall into this trap” the leaflets read, “We don’t want men doing makeup, we want Atatürkist men who protect their nation”.
“Rainbow will always exist”
A person who witnessed the distribution of the leaflets made the following statement to Pembe Hayat:
“Even though it was removed from the section of diseases in DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) library, I don’t understand how they can think that homosexuality can be change by means of ‘convincement’ in 2018. It’s obvious that these people are far from science and love.
“While very nice developments occur about the LGBTIss in the world, marriages become legal, adopting homophobic attitudes and distributing such leaflets in Turkey means targeting people.
“For how long more will LGBTI+s have to hide their loves? For how long more will they be subjected to disgusting looks and hate speeches just for wandering hand in hand? No one can decide who will love who. Rainbow will always exist”. (AS/TK)
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