LC Waikiki, a clothing retail giant in Turkey, has banned the use of rainbows and other symbols associated with the LGBT community, in one of the country’s more pitiful anti-queer attacks.
In an email sent to a group of company employees under the subject line “Design bans”, LC Waikiki’s administration shared a list of LGBT symbols, such as rainbows, unicorns and figures resembling people from the LGBT community, that “should never be used”.
Homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey, however its LGBT community has faced considerable hostility under Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party. Turkish authorities have banned pride celebrations in the past few years citing “security concerns”.
Turkey has also seen increased pressure on the LGBT communities during the coronavirus pandemic.