"Hideous" LGBTQ community will not be allowed on Turkish soil - Erdoğan's top aide
Turkish Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun on Saturday said that Turkish government would not allow for the propaganda of homosexuality in the country.
It is an attack on Turkish society that " hideousness’’ such as homosexuality would be presented to Turkish youth as something normal, Altun said at a digitical communication workshop.
"Presenting such ugliness as something normal is an attack on our social order and the noble character of our nation," he added.
Turkish officials have increased their anti-LGBTIQ+ discourse in January, after student protests against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision to appoint a party loyalist to head one of the country’s most prestigious universities.
“There is no such thing as LGBT,” Erdoğan said adding that the country’s youth were not members of the group.
“Is there such a thing as LGBT in our past? These are things that happen in the West,” Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said. “In my faith, LGBT+ is deviant.”
Last month, the U.S. government said it "condemned’’ Ankara’s the anti-LGBTQI rhetoric surrounding the demonstrations at Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University.
Meanwhile Turkish police on Saturday chased and detained 6 LGBTIQ+ activists on Kadıköy's streets in Istanbul following the International Women's Day protest.
After the International Women's Day protest ended, police chased LGBTIQ+ activists and detained 6 of them on Kadıköy's streets.pic.twitter.com/b5nzqRT3dv— Ahval (@ahval_en) March 6, 2021