You Missed An Amazing Gay Pride Parade in Istanbul

During my trip to Istanbul the other weekend, I walked into a spirited pride parade on the famous Istiklal street, and reveled in the diverse participants of this parade. I saw tourists cheering on, people jumping onto street lamps and construction vehicles, and locals hanging off of balconies to get good views of the parade and to snap photos. I saw groups of women wearing full hijabs clapping along with the rhythmic chants and drumbeats.

A continent away, just a few days later, DOMA was struck down in the U.S. eliciting much elation throughout my country. I thought I would pay special  attention to this parade, given the timing of the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA, and the NYC Pride Parade this past weekend. Enjoy! 






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Jieun Baek

Currently a Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government where she graduated 2014. Graduated from Harvard College 2009 as a Government concentrator, where interest in North Korea sparked. Love PolicyMic. Always open to a good conversation!

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