A Turkish mayor is under fire for promoting homosexuality to children after he delivered cartons of free milk to children with the a rainbow logo
A deputy from Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) accused İzmir Mayor, Tunç Soyer, who is from the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), of using a ‘subliminal message.’
The use of rainbows, a symbol of LGBT+ groups, as well as other LGBT+ iconography has been increasingly associated with homosexuality in Turkey.
In May, like many children across the world sent home from school due to the coronavirus pandemic, the children in Turkey were encouraged to draw pictures of rainbows and put them in windows to cheer up the country in the face of the pandemic. However, some local education boards ordered teachers to stop because the rainbows were part of a “plot to turn children into homosexuals.”
The lockdown rainbows have become yet another symbol of division in the country, to the surprise of many.
Turkish authorities have banned Pride celebrations for years, often citing security concerns.