Turkey's Gezi Park: Protecting an LGBT Shelter


It began as a small sit-in by environmentalists to protect a city park in Istanbul. But when those protesters were met with violent police opposition, it triggered protests all over Turkey. Green activists aren't the only ones with a high stake in Gezi Park. The area is an unofficial LGBT safe space, where Istanbul's gay community enjoy relative freedom from harassment. Earlier this week, Turkey-based freelance reporter Dalia Mortada met with some gay activists, who told her how the protests have changed them, and how they hope they'll change Turkey.

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