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Turkey: Pride Denied — Freedom of Assembly, Speech, and Expression

Episode 23

The InterPride podcast series, InterPod, where the world comes together for the LGBTQIA+ community, is proud to launch our 23rd episode, Turkey: Pride Denied — Freedom of Assembly, Speech, and Expression.

The LGBTQIA+ community has come a long way in the fight for acceptance. However, our voices matter and will be heard. Many LGBTQIA+ community members have fought for decades for the right to be seen and heard.

About Episode 23

According to Human Rights Watch, an unprecedented number of young people were arrested and detained by Turkish police at this year’s Pride festivities.

It was cited as a security risk and the need to maintain public order by local authorities who had banned the march. Protests and Pride events were held throughout the country, including Istanbul’s 30th annual celebration.

We’re joined by Ilgin & Ozan, two young activists and students from QueerAnka, to talk about what’s happening in Turkey.

Listen in as we hear from Ilgin & Ozan!


Ilgin (he/him)

My name is Ilgın, and my pronouns are he/him. I am a student and a member of the QueerAnka student club.

Ozan (he/him)

I am Ozan, and my pronouns are he/him. I graduated from the Ankara University Department of Radio, Television, and Cinema and am a member of the QueerAnka Student Club.

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Michelle Meow is the host and producer of “The Michelle Meow Show.” The program’s tagline is: ‘Your A-Z, covering the LGBT, LMNOP, and everyone in between.’ Michelle’s mission is to construct opportunities for people to listen to deep conversations to develop understanding and empathy. She shares, “We simply don’t have enough opportunities to talk and not enough moments to listen.” Michelle’s show can be heard in San Francisco and nationally on the Progressive Voices Network, and her local TV show can be seen on KBCW TV and Channel 44.

Michelle also produces programs at the iconic Commonwealth Club, where she has also served on their Board of Governors. There she is dedicated to conversations around social justice with an intersectional lens. She has interviewed notable thought-leaders such as Olympic medalist Adam Rippon, NFL’s first out LGBTQ coach Katie Sowers, the first American woman in space, and Sally Ride’s widow Tam O’Shaughnessy. Since 2006, Michelle has been a co-host of the San Francisco Pride Parade broadcast and was President of their Board of Directors from 2014 to 2018. She is a self-described LGBTQI+ history geek, information sponge, and a lover, not a fighter.

Michelle shares, “Exchanging thoughtful dialogue can create change. We are all different, but we find similarities and hope in our differences. Exchanging thoughtful dialogue can create the change we all seek in humanity.”

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