by Rex Wockner
LGBT people marched in Ankara, Turkey, May 22 at the conclusion of the 6th International Meeting Against Homophobia.
A group of Iranian LGBT refugees joined the procession, proclaiming: “Ahmadinejad! We exist! We are here!”
At a 2007 appearance in New York City, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted by journalists as saying there are no gay people in Iran. His actual words were: “We in Iran don’t have homo-play (hamjensbaz) like you have in your country. In our country … absolutely such a thing does not exist as a phenomenon. I don’t know who told you otherwise.”
A group from Istanbul traveled to the march together in a “Rainbow Bus.” Marchers also came from Diyarbakir, Adana, Eskisehir and Izmir.