At the recent New York City LGBT Pride parade, marchers carried a rainbow flag imprinted with black letters, "Republican Hate Kills!" That same day, Islamist Turkey dispersed an attempt at a gay pride parade in Istanbul with tear gas and rubber bullets. Turkish cops in gas masks wearing black converged on a few hundred protesters, seized their rainbow flags and detained a number of prominent figures.

The week before that, a Trans Pride parade in Istanbul had been shut down the same way. Last year, the gay pride parade had been stopped with tear gas and water cannons.

The overlap of the date for the event with the Islamic period of Ramadan ended up dooming the parade. It was eventually banned for security reasons because "provocative acts and events may take place when the sensitivities that have emerged in society are taken into account". What did that mean?

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