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HDP lawmaker wears rainbow dress in parliament in support of LGBT people

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Hüda Kaya, an MP for the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), on Wednesday appeared in the Turkish parliament wearing a dress in rainbow colors in support of LGBT people, according to her social media accounts.

Kaya said she wore the dress to show solidarity with Pride Week demonstrators who were victims of the excessive use of force by the police as well as a government clampdown on dissent.

“Today, I have come to the #TBMM [Turkish Grand National Assembly] with the #Rainbow, the most beautiful colors of nature, to protest those who are enemies of everything except the single color,” Kaya said in a tweet.

She also shared photos of her in the rainbow dress on her Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The use of the rainbow, a symbol of LGBT+ groups, as well as other LGBT+ iconography has been increasingly associated with homosexuality in Turkey.

İstanbul was the venue on Saturday of violent confrontations and clashes between police and participants of an LGBT Pride parade, resulting in the detention of 20 people.

The Pride Week Committee said police fired rubber bullets and used tear gas to disperse the crowd and that one reporter, photojournalist Bülent Kılıç from Agence France-Presse, was beaten while being detained. Photos Kılıç had taken showed the extent of the excessive force used on the participants.

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