16/06/2021 | Writer: Yiğit E Korkmaz
A Pride March was held in Boğaziçi University, “Get used to it, we are here, we are not going anywhere” said hundreds of students.
Photos: Boğaziçi Resistance
Boğaziçi LGBTI+ Pride Week ended with the Pride March held on campus on June 11th. Students carrying LGBTI+ flags and the banners marched from South Campus to South Gate.
Slogans "Where are you, my love? I am here, my love", "Universities are ours, they will be liberated with us" and "Nakka** to homophobics, transphobics, biphobics, lesphobics, interphobics, aphobics, TERF's" were frequently chanted during the march.
At the last minute of the march, photographs from the Onur-Pride photography exhibition, which was banned by the Melih Bulu's deputy Fazil Önder Sönmez, were held by the students. Students marched also carried photos of Ateş Alpar.
The press release held after the march said:
“We continue to exist in spite of this process, in which we are subjected to too much hatred and attack to fit into a press release. From here,We are shouting to the lubunya* who is feeling hopeless and desperate in a room of a small house: We are with you! We will not stop fighting until all LGBTI+'s have equality and freedom. We invite everyone to build a united struggle against LGBTI+ hatred, misogyny, racism!
GET USED TO IT, WE ARE HERE, WE ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE!”
*Lubunya is a word from Turkish queer slang which can be roughly translated as queer
**Nakka means “no”, “never” in the Turkish queer slang
Tags: human rights, life, education