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1st Annual
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Türkiye -- A Gay Haven?
Part 2

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LGBTTs tried to keep a brave face
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Gay bashing football hooligans put an end to Gay Pride March
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7 August 2006

LGBTT Nightmare
Bursa's First Annual Parade-March of
Lesbians, Bisexuals, Gays, Transvestites and Transsexuals

The Darker Side of Modern-day Gay Life in Turkey

Of the three buses (which arrived in Bursa on August 6th, 2006), two were from Istanbul, and one was from Ankara. They were carrying about one-hundred Lesbians, Bisexuals, Gays, Transvestites and Transsexuals (LBGTT).

The LBGTTs planned to meet first to draft a press-release concerning 'Gay Rights' and then to parade-walk through town center. Both activities were to be very decorous affairs. There'd be no 'wild and crazy' US or European-style festival-like shenanigans. This wasn't super-tolerant San Francisco or Berlin -- or even Istanbul or Ankara for that matter. This was Bursa...

Bursa, in addition to Konya, is home to one of Turkey's largest and most conservative religious communities. Almost every street corner in the town center has a mescit (mini mosque), because during noonday prayers there's not enough room in the many over-crowded mosques to accommodate everyone. And as the muezzin begins his noonday call to prayer, city dwellers drop to their knees... as far as the eye can see -- even, as I once actually witnessed, in the midst of a rainstorm.

In 1326 AD, Bursa became the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire, and as such, it is steeped in Ottoman history -- which has always interested me. It's also the only Turkish city in which I was made to feel uncomfortable as a foreigner... in the entire 20+ years of my living in-country.

I can still see the face of the angry finger-pointing sakallı true-believer who stepped in front of me while I was reading the historical plaque in front of the Orhan Camisi (Orhan Mosque) -- about 10 minutes before the commencement of the noonday prayers. The Orhan Mosque had been built on orders of the second Ottoman Sultan in 1339 AD -- and this guy confronting me looked like he'd been plucked straight out of that time zone. "You go," he snarled in English, "Now." When I told him in Turkish that I was just reading about the history of the famous Camisi, he wiggled agitatedly... rolled his eyes -- and disappeared through the doorway into the cami's interior.

Still, the Gay Community participants in the Bursa event [who were all members of the Gokkusağı Derneği (Rainbow Association, unrelated to Jesse Jackson's group) or who were affiliated with organizations like Lambdaistanbul) had had a pleasant, uneventful bus ride -- and everyone was in a pretty good mood.

And the necessary legalities were in place for the event too. Lesbian and Gay organizers had made timely application to authorities for permission to hold a meeting at the Rainbow Association's Bursa Branch offices -- which would be followed by a 'Gay Parade-March' through town center. The Gay group's plan had been approved by Bursa's Provincial Governor -- and Bursa City Officials had been preparing themselves for a week...even securing extra police services, just in case there was trouble.

As things turned out, official city preparations were pitifully inadaquate. All hell broke loose as LGBTT members put finishing touches on their Gay Rights press-release and made ready to begin their First Annual LGBTT March in Bursa...

Part 3 - Where did the football hooligans come from?

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