11/03/2004 | Writer: KAOS GL
Lambda Istanbul is an organization that was formed by a group of gays and lesbians right after the Istanbul city government banned the Christopher Street Day Sexual Liberation Activities that were to take place in July 1993. After this event, the group that used to gather under the name "Gokkusagi" (Rainbow) took the name Lambda Istanbul.
Lambda Istanbul is a group that works for liberation of LGBT people in Turkey. They have been arranging Sunday meetings for LGBTQ people who need to find each other to share their experiences, realize they are not alone.
By Cihan Huroglu
Published in Kaos GL Magazine, March/April 2004 edition
Although end of a year and beginning of a new one is not very important in the development of GLBT movement in Turkey, we wanted to inform the public about what we did in 2003 and encourage ourselves to do more.
We started the year 2003 by moving to a new location and opening Lambda Istanbul Cultural Center. The center started to function by showing weekly gay or lesbian themed movies and holding discussions about them. There also had been symposiums about selected topics every Sunday.
A few discussions were held about the movies shown during the If Istanbul Rainbow Movies Festival with participation of Tuna Erdem and Hami Cagdas. Then a discussion with Yildirim Turker was held about