The move prompted criticism from rights groups and fears of possible violence, as Pride organizers said they would defy the ban.For more than a decade, Istanbul Pride had attracted tens of thousands of participants, making it one of largest gatherings celebrating gay, lesbian and transgender rights and diversity in the Muslim world.[...] lesbian, gay and transgender activists say they lack legal protections and face widespread social stigma in a nation that is heavily influenced by conservative and religious values.The Istanbul governor’s office said the Pride march would be banned to keep public order and for the safety of participants and tourists.The Pride Week events and parade, held in Istanbul since 2003, allowed the LGBT community to try to assert their rights, including demands for explicit bans on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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