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Tens of thousands turn out for Istanbul Gay Pride parade

Masked women face each other during a gay pride parade on Istiklal Street, Istanbul's main shopping corridor, on June 29, 2014Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Istanbul on Sunday for the city’s Gay Pride parade, an event that has taken on added political significance a year on from massive anti-government protests. While Turkey’s lesbian, gay, bi and transgender (LGBT) community enjoy better rights than in most Muslim countries, many see the event as a chance to be themselves without fear of reproach. “I have not ‘come out’ yet to my father, my mother or my friends,” protester Senef Cakmak told AFP. One person who knows that more than most is Michelle Demishevich, a transgender journalist who recently saw through the conviction of a woman who assaulted her – a first for Turkey.

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