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Turkey Bans Gay And Lesbian Tourists From Ancient Ruins

Some 800 gay and lesbian tourists were ordered to return to the cruise liner Olympic Voyager and denied access to the Turkish ancient ruins of Effuses by Turkish police. According to U.S. Department of State and White House officials, passengers of the Olympic Voyager “were rounded up from their locations ashore, ordered to board their buses and escorted by the (Turkish) police back to the ship.” A spokeswoman for the Turkish Embassy in Washington attempted to dismiss suggestions that Turkish police were bias against gays and lesbians by commenting, “There are hundreds of gays in Turkey. Probably, ordinary people don’t like it very much. But it doesn’t make any difference.”

Sources:

The New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com) 07 September 2000, Nando Times (http://www.nandotimes.com) and The Associated Press (http://wire.ap.org) 07 September 2000