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Events for Non Turkish Speakers during 2016 İstanbul Pride

These are the events that will provide either simultaneous Turkish to English translation, English subtitles or no translation is needed. (Updated June 22nd)

21th June, Tuesday
 
Workshop: Mask Workshop (I)
Time: 17:00 Place: TAK Facilitator: Oğuz Güdek (Mask & March) 
We are inviting all to our workshop to paint in colors not only the streets and the squares, but also our bodies, and to make masks which we will wear not in order to hide ourselves, but to be visible and to use our freedom of expression. Materials provided: Cardboard, paper, textile materials, scrap materials, acrylic paint and coloring materials, glue. Participants can bring their own additional scrap materials, visual materials and prints for collage techniques. The activity will last 12 hours over two days. * Participation is limited to 30 people. Please register at maskandmarch@gmail.com
Workshop: “Concepts of Intimacy and Sincerity” in the Context of “QUEER BODY” STUDIES (II) 
Time: 20:00-22:30 Place: Çatı Dans Facilitator: Ufuk Şenel 
This workshop, scheduled for approximately three hours a day on two days, is an exploration focusing on the body through the concepts of intimacy and sincerity. What does queerness provide to us as we relate to each other, to the world and to others? How do our feelings of intimacy and sincerity get constructed/ deconstructed within a queer life? These are some of the questions we will pursue in this workshop where the goal is to begin from improvised practices and to help participants gain a new perspective and dynamic on how they relate to their own world, selves, the world and others.
22nd June, Wednesday
 
Workshop: Physical Deepening: What Kind of Geography Is My Body? 
Time: 15:00-17:00 Place: SALT Galata Workshop Leader: Gizem Aksu
This workshop invites participants on a tour of their own body geography with the question “What kind of geography is my body?” If this geography is not expected to be free from prejudice and self-judgment, could it be possible to witness that which emerges from each layer that begin to appear with deep listening and sensing, and escape from meaning to reach the moment? It is a discovery extending from the daily repertoire of feelings to the traces of aging flesh…You are invited to dive into the abundance of body geography, in which all of life’s states are handled, and the unique and authentic geography of every body.
Workshop: Mask Workshop (II) 
Time: 17:00 Place: TAK Facilitator: Oğuz Güdek (Mask & March) 
We are inviting all to our workshop to paint in colors not only the streets and the squares, but also our bodies, and to make masks which we will wear not in order to hide ourselves, but to be visible and to use our freedom of expression. Materials provided: Cardboard, paper, textile materials, scrap materials, acrylic paint and coloring materials, glue. Participants can bring their own additional scrap materials, visual materials and prints for collage techniques. The activity will last 12 hours over two days. * Participation is limited to 30 people. Please register atmaskandmarch@gmail.com
Film Screening: Veşartî/Secret* 
Time: 19:00 Place: Pera Müzesi Oditoryumu (Pera Museum Auditorium) 
Director: Ali Kemal Çınar, Turkey, 2015, 70’ 
One day a woman (Aram) tells Ali Kemal that Ali Kemal will turn into a woman at the age of 30 and walks away. Ali Kemal is about to turn 30 and will get married soon after. As Ali Kemal tries to adapt to the idea of transformation, the protagonist also tries to find ways to continue the relationship with Berfin. * There will be a Q & A after the screening
23th June, Thursday
 
Film Screening: The Pink Report 
Time: 16:00 Place: Pera Müzesi Oditoryumu (Pera Museum Auditorium) 
Director: Ulrike Böhnisch, Germany, 2011, 75’
The Turkish Armed Forces defines homosexuality as a mental disorder that exempts young men from compulsory military service. It requires psychological and humiliating methods to medically diagnose. This film tells the very personal stories of several gay men who chose different paths regarding the military. The young men are forced to hide their faces because of the lack in freedom of expression as they reveal one of Turkey’s biggest taboos due.
Event: Mass HIV Testing Day 
Time: 18:30 Place: Osmanbey Metro Station 
Sometimes because we’re scared and sometimes because we don’t care enough, we neglect getting tested. By saying that no one has to be alone in this process, we’re inviting everyone to get a free, anonymous test done with us. Let’s meet at 18:00 at the Pangaltı Dolapdere exit of the Osmanbey Metro Station across from Ramada Hotel.
Genetically Modified Tomato Award Ceremony
Time: 19:30-21:30 Place: Şişli Kent Kültür Merkezi
Place: Sisli Urban Cultural Center

The Genetically Modified Tomato Awards, Istanbul Pride Week’s indispen-
sable event, takes place for the 12th time this year. Candidates who have
competed with each other all year long in homophobia, transphobia, and
biphobia are voted for throughout Pride Week; the winners are announced
at the awards night! Everyone is invited to throw tomatoes.

There is no swearing at women, sluts, fags. There is no being used by the industry and mafia club owners. No excuse for violence by rowdy hooligans. Despite the patriarchy and heterosexism of the soccer field, established and distinguished (!) queer teams of the queer football community (?!) Atletik Dildoa, Sportif Lezbon, Lezyonerler and Queer Park Rangers are getting together for a fun, communal tournament (!!!) People who want to experience the fun of scoring and getting scored, the intersection of dribb- les, can email us at istanbulpride@gmail.com and become a player in the 4th team called Queer Training Boarding School. Come, let’s meet offside.
24th June, Friday
 
Panel & Forum: LGBTI+ Refugees: Process, Advent, Solidarity 
Time: 15:00 – 17:00 Place: SALT Galata 
Moderator: Özlem Çolak (Lambdaistanbul) 
Panelists: Hayriye Kara (Kaos GL) “Legal framework in Turkey regarding the refugees” – Mehmet Akın (SPoD) “Is Turkey a ‘safe country’ for refugees?” – Cihan Arıkan (RFSL İsveç) ”What do the refugees experience in the countries they were settled in?” 
In the year 2016, Turkey has become the country with the most refugees in the world as it hosts over 3 million refugees from different countries, especially from Syria. As countries like Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan are left on their own with a number of refugees that surpass the size of the country, the European Union, United States and other developed countries are trying to fortify their boundaries, on the grounds of security. LGBTI+ refugees experience a double difficulty as refugees and as LGBTI+s, since their paths are blocked not only by forced displacement but also by inc- reasing conservatism. In relation to the theme of this year’s pride week, through experiences in Turkey and Sweden, we will talk about the legal, social and psychological dimensions of being LGBTI+ and being a refugee and discuss the possibilities for our struggle together. Testimonies from Refugees: Hussam Slk and other refugee friends from the Arabic Tea & Talk group will talk about their experiences in their countries, in Turkey and about their work. Book Presentation: Can Kaya and Müzeyyen Arac (Hevi LGBTI) Hevi LGBTI will talk about the book composed of testimonies of LGBTI refugees living in Turkey and about how the book came to be.
Panel: Being LGBTI+ Under Occupation 
Time: 17:00-19:00 Place: Cezayir Toplantı Salonu (Cezayir Meeting Room) 
Moderator: Aslı Zengin 
Panelists: Okan (Keskesor) “Kurdistan Experience” – Zerşin (Keskesor) “Kurdistan Experience” – Siyabend (Kadıköy LGBTİ Meclisi) “Personal Experience in the Nusaybin Occupation” – Joul Elias (Al-Qaws) “Palestine Experience”
Being an LGBTI+ individual in geographies under siege and occupation does not only involve a fight of sexuality and desire against patriarchy and heteronormativity but also other fights based on race and ethnicity as used by the state and colonizer. The panel will focus on the intersection of power and violence and seek to answer these questions: What does it mean to be LGBTI+ in Kurdistan and Palestine? What does the LGBTI+ struggle mean in these geographies where violence is experienced in all of its nakedness?
Film Screening: #direnayol* 
Time: 20:00 Place: Pera Müzesi Oditoryumu (Pera Museum Auditorium) 
Director: Rüzgâr Buşki, Germany – Turkey, 2016, 60’
#direnayol follows trans* activist Şevval Kılıç who is infected by the joy of the Gezi Resistance and the 21st Istanbul LGBTI Pride Week. #direnayol is a lawless visual and auditory journey to witness the wave of hope, humor, and solidarity that we now need to remember in the current day politics of Turkey. * There will be a Q&A after the screening.
Dinner: Rainbow Feast 
Time: 20:49 Place: In front of Galatasaray Lisesi
Come and bring your iftar meal with you, to prepare a feast where no one others another, where diversity is our wealth, where property is shared, to show that we can build a life based on equality-justice and freedom, no matter what language you speak or which race you are, without saying heterosexual vs gay, believer vs nonbeliever, embracing all and building a vegan meal together that does not reproduce the hierarchy between species.
8th ISTANBUL BEAR PRIDE WEEK Party: Bear Pride Week Opening Party
Time: 21:00 Place: Depo Taksim 
Party: Safe Sex Time: 22:00 Place: COOP
Pride Week, remembered for its pre-parties, is back with its famous Friday parties. Don’t forget to ask for your condom!
25th June, Saturday
 
Panel: Organizing for LGBTI Rights in Politics 
Time: 12:00-14:00 Place: Cezayir Toplantı Salonu (Cezayir Meeting Room) 
Speakers: Robert Hannah (Member of Parliament in Sweden), Terry Re- intke (Member of the European Parliament), Sedef Çakmak (Member of the Besiktas Municipal Assembly) 
This panel will explore how LGBTIs organize in politics, the language of politics and how politics transforms itself. The panel will be with Sedef Çakmak who was elected after SPoD’s “LGBTI-Friendly Municipalities” campaign during the 2014 Local Elections, Robert Hannah who has made important gains as a young MP in Sweden, and Terry Reintke who is among the youngest members of the European Parliament.
Picnic+ Time: 15:00-20:00 Place: Maçka Parkı (Maçka Park) 
Once again this year, we invite you all to join a boisterous picnic on the greenest of the green grass, under the trees. Sign language workshop will be open to all attendees during the picnic. Workshops, games and much more at Maçka Park, underneath the rainbow.
Panel: Being LGBTI+ in Diaspora and Spaces for Organizing 
Time: 16:00-18:00 Place: Cezayir Toplantı Salonu (Cezayir Meeting Room) 
Moderator: Sertan Kıyan 
Speakers: Kyle Khadakian “The Armenian Community in the US and Experiences of Homophobia and Organizing in Armenia” – Robert Hannah “Experiences of Organizing in the Swedish Assyrian Community” 
Sweden leads the world charts as an example of human rights and gender equality. So how is being Assyrian and LGBTI+ viewed in Sweden? What kinds of problems does one face when organizing and asking for votes as a parliamentarian? What does one prepare for when voted into parliament as an openly gay man? We will talk about what to face, what the advantages and disadvantages are.
Short Films Screening 
Time: 18:00 Place: Cezayir Toplantı Salonu (Cezayir Meeting Hall) 
Kurneqîz / Trans Woman* Directors: Gökhan and Nadide Seza Yalçınkaya
Kurdish short film about a 17 year old trans child who goes through an internal reckoning and ostracization in a rural village. * There will be a Q&A with the film crew after the screening.
Nerdesin Aşkım? / Where Are You My Love?* Director: Merve Gezen
The film that toured world festivals comes home with the “Human Rights Award” from Boston and “Best Film” from Canada. The first screening in Turkey will be at Istanbul LGBTI Pride. * There will be a Q&A with the director Merve Gezen and actor Seyhan Arman after the screening.
Tournament For The Goal Givers 
Time: 19:00 – 21:00 Place: Taksim Spor Kulübü (Taksim Sports Club) 
There is no swearing at women, sluts, fags. There is no being used by the industry and mafia club owners. No excuse for violence by rowdy hooligans. Despite the patriarchy and heterosexism of the soccer field, established and distinguished (!) queer teams of the queer football community (?!) Atletik Dildoa, Sportif Lezbon, Lezyonerler and Queer Park Rangers are getting together for a fun, communal tournament (!!!) People who want to experience the fun of scoring and getting scored, the intersection of dribb- les, can email us at istanbulpride@gmail.com and become a player in the 4th team called Queer Training Boarding School. Come, let’s meet offside.
Workshop: Drag King 
Time: 20:00 – 22:00 Place: Çıplak Ayaklar (Çıplak Ayaklar Dance Studio) 
Drag King is the performance of different roles of men and masculinity with clothes, attitude, make up, etc. Playboy, drifter, intellectual, tough guy, gentleman, man on a mission, revolutionary, closeted gay, big shot, family man, tender… Real or caricaturized; gender is a playground in this workshop. You can perform stereotypes of men or you can reveal the masculine in you! We’ll first study the book of manhood and practice wearing beards and moustaches, walk, sit, etc. Then we’ll go party and play. The workshop is open to women and trans individuals who want to experience masculinity. * Registration required. Please email priderezervasyon@gmail.com
 
8th ISTANBUL BEAR PRIDE WEEK Party: Main Bear Pride Week Party 
Time: 21:00 Place: Depo Taksim 
Party: Arabic Time: 22:00 Place: Nayah 
Oriental shows, curvy performances all night and we can’t get enough of it! * All proceeds will go to solidarity with LGBTI+ refugees.
26th June, Sunday
 
Event: Bicycle Tour 
Time: 15:00 Place: Beşiktaş İskele (Beşiktaş Ferry Stop) Route: Beşiktaş – Kabatas- Karaköy- Tarlabaşı – Taksim – Istiklal Avenue
We meet at Besiktas Ferry Stop to pedal to Istiklal Avenue with our Rainbow flags for the 24th Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week. 
PRIDE MARCH 
Time: 17:00 Place: İstiklal Caddesi (Istiklal Avenue) 
We are on Istiklal Avenue for the 14th time and with growing numbers! We’re going to rock the streets with our slogans, fusing our joy and love with our resistance, bedazzling the avenues with our rainbow flags. We are way too few if you are not there!
 
8th ISTANBUL BEAR PRIDE WEEK Party: Bear Pride Week Cocktail Time: 22:00 Place: Depo Taksim
Entrance: Free (2 glasses of cocktail drinks sangria free of charge)
Party: Closing Party 
Time: 22:00 Place: COOP
To celebrate our existence, our love, our desire, our pride, let’s meet at the 24th Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week closing party after coloring Taksim in rainbows.