Turkish Fashion Chain Bans Pride 🏳️‍🌈 Symbols

Turkish clothing chain LC Waikiki has banned symbols linked to the LGBT+ community on its products.

In an email sent to a group of company employees under the subject line “Design bans”, LC Waikiki’s administration shared a list of LGBT+ symbols, such as rainbows, unicorns and figures resembling people from the LGBT+ community, that “should never be used”, according to Turkey’s Sol Newspaper.

The newspaper cited the administration’s justification behind the ban, saying it was disturbed by LGBT+ visibility generated by recent Pride Week events.

Homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey, however its LGBT+ community has faced considerable hostility under Turkish President Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party.

Turkish authorities have banned pride celebrations in the past few years citing “security concerns”.

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