2nd Mersin Pride: “Being a Man a Secret, a Woman an Enigma”

Hundreds of people got together in Mersin for the 2nd Pride March after Pride Week. 

Source: Aylin Keser, “Mersin’de ‘erkeklik sır kadınlık muamma’ydı!”, KaosGL.org, 6 June 2016, http://kaosgl.org/sayfa.php?id=21803

Mersin 7 Colors LGBT Association and numerous civil society organizations completed Pride Week on 5 June with Pride March.

Pride Week events were organized around the theme “Enigma” and included photography exhibitions, film screenings, and panels for a week, hosting many guests.

On 5 June, the crowd gathered around Forum fountain with their colorful costumes and marched with slogans. People of all sexual orientations joined the highly-attended events and voiced their demands, songs, and slogans. The slogans included “The state will be led by a fag”, “queers coming with lollipops”, “we are trans but not transforming from this road”, “Ivana Hoffman lives in our love”, “Revolution’s martyrs are eternal”. Ivana Hoffman, a lesbian internationalist fighter who died in Rojava fighting ISIS was remembered.

Some onlookers insulted and screamed “fag” at the crowd that had started the march with great excitement from Forum Shopping Mall. But the crowd shouted back saying, “So what if we are fags, get used to it, we are everywhere”.

After the enthusiastic march, the group walked to the shore and ended the march there.

More pictures here.

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