Thursday, April 27, 2006

Gays Versus the Turkish Wilderness

Bağımsız İletişim Ağı announced yesterday that the Turkish Kaos Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association (Kaos GL) is planning to hold the first "International Rainbow Summer Camp" for homosexuals.

When first heard this, I was speechless. I didn't know whether or not to laugh. I mean, who thought up the name "International Rainbow Summer Camp"? I imagine little gay nine-year-olds making pink macrame and roasting gourmet kebaps by the fire.

It turns out, however, that it is for adults, and it's some sort of political planning session. Nevertheless, the article makes it seem crazy!

"According to Erol, many potential participants were scared off from attending the very first of the Kaos GL picnics held nine years ago in Kizilcahamam, Ankara, whereas now these events had become traditional. 'Many friends were scared saying everyone would be cut up... but now the Isik mountain picnics are a classic,' he said."

Oh, Turkey seems like such a gay place, in both senses of the word.


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