Interesting: so Helin just explained to me how it’s currently PRIDE Week in Turkey (the culminating march in Istanbul is on Sunday), and in the wake of the ongoing protests in Gezi Park in Istanbul, it’s going to be a particularly big deal. Apparently, PRIDE week in Turkey started in 1992, but only a handful of people had ever really attended. However, last year over 20,000 people participated and it was a hugely successful event.
Young Turks are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year, in particular because the Turkish LGBTQIA community has been such an instrumental force in the Taksim Square protests. Helin said in addition that for the first time, there will be a huge number from the Turkish trans-community joining march.
Turkish Twitter and Facebook are exploding in anticipation of the confluence of social activism and unprecedented (liberalizing) resistance in opposition to Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule.
It actually reminds me quite a bit of a conversation I had recently with Peter about the “Human Be-In” in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in 1967. The non-violent gathering/”protest” (which ignited the counterculture movement in the U.S.) was largely successful because, for the first time, liberal political activists, gay rights activists, Civil Rights activists, hippies, beatniks, Marxists, musicians and environmentalists came together in the same place at the same time, effectively unifying diverse factions of American social opposition so that it was no longer so impossibly fragmented.