Toronto police officers heading to NY for Pride festivities

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Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has criticized Turkish authorities for banning the LGBT Pride march in Istanbul for a third year running, urging them to uphold the right to freedom of assembly.

In January, the membership of Pride Toronto voted to ban uniformed officers from this year's parade in the wake of a protest from members of Black Lives Matter - Toronto that briefly halted the event last year. I think that we succeeded.

Gay pride parades took place on streets all across the nation Sunday. She says the a year ago has been an "emotional roller coaster". "They made their decision not to support us or inclusiveness in a publicly-funded parade that is supposed to be about inclusiveness".

Others were told to take over clothing and accessories with rainbow flags.

Ozlen said on Saturday that the reasons for the ban of the parade were not valid or convincing.

In the city's nearby Cihangir neighborhood, protesters gathered to beat drums and chant, "Don't be quiet, shout out, gays exist!", according to the Associated Press, though Andrew Gardner of Amnesty International reported on Twitter the police had started to detain people in that neighborhood as well.

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Istanbul's governor justified shutting down the parade by citing threats from ultra-nationalist and religious fundamentalist groups in the country, stating that he was ensuring the safety of the would-be marchers by eliminating the march entirely.

As LGBT Pride Month draws to a close and cities around the world host marches in solidarity and in search of equality, we're taking it back to where the modern-day movement began: Stonewall. Instead of marching, we chose to be here at every street corner.

Organizers said 25 people who tried to go on with the banned event were also detained, including two minors and a Danish activist.

Critics accuse President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of having overseen a creeping Islamisation since he came to power, first as prime minister in 2003 and then president in 2014.

Three suspected members of the so-called Islamic State reportedly planned to attack a transgender rights march in Istanbul last June. While he has repeatedly caused controversy with conservative comments on sex and family planning, he has tended to avoid public comment on gay issues.

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