We need to talk about the annual Taksim Pride Parade that is held in Istanbul- a city that is predominantly Muslim (99%) but is host to one of the largest LGBT parades in all of Europe and undoubtedly in all of the Muslim world.

For me, fewer photos are more heartwarming than these.

Participants come from every corner of Turkey and the world, and everyone from young children, to the old men and women march and support their LGBT friends and family. Signs participants hold up usually have slogans like, “Lesbians exist”, “Transsexuals exist”, “We are resisting your offenses” and “We will not turn”.

Just google ‘Taksim Pride Parade’ to see more of these extraordinary photos.