29/07/2014 | Writer: Kaos GL
The eastern city of Dersim will host its first pride parade on Saturday.
The eastern city of Dersim will host its first pride parade on Saturday. The city’s only LGBTI organization Roştîya Asmê [Moon Light in Zazaki] calls for the parade which will kick off at 6 pm on August 2.
LGBTI activists will march from Sanat Street to Seyit Riza Square on the 3rd day of the 14th Munzur Nature and Culture Festival between July 31 and August 3. The festival made it possible for LGBTI activists in Dersim to get to know each other as an LGBTI organization from Diyarbakir called KeSKeSoR organized a march during the festival last year. KeSKeSoR will accompany Roştîya Asmê in their very first Dersim/Munzur LGBTI Pride Parade as well.
“We won’t be the silent majority”
Roştîya Asmê puts emphasis on the intersectionality of oppression, stating that “the violence against gay and trans people is just another facet of the violence against women, the disabled, the Kurdish, the Armenian and the Alewi.”
Dersim was struck by a massacre in 1937 and 1938 organized by the Turkish military. During the Dersim Massacre, thousands of Alewi Kurds and Zazas were killed and many others were internally displaced. The city is famous for its politically dissident population and its natural beauty.