Turkey Orders Children To Stop Drawing Rainbows Because “It’s A Plot” To Turn Them Gay

As Turkey continues to battle a raging COVID-19 outbreak that has claimed almost 4,000 lives, Turkish President Recep Erdogan has accused the LGBTQ community of plotting to turn schoolchildren gay – with rainbows.

Children from across the world have been spreading joy amid the coronavirus global pandemic by painting rainbows and posting them in their windows to cheer up people passing by.

Photos of rainbow portraits have surfaced in multiple countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, and even Turkey.

“I think we all need all the positivity we can get right now,” Manchester, England, resident Vicky Corbley told a local news outlet after sharing a photo on Twitter of her kids’ paintings that included uplifting messages like “don’t worry,” “we’ll get through this,” and “stay safe.” “Everywhere we look on social media, it’s full of people panicking, worrying, scared.”

“So doing something like this hopefully will lift people’s spirits, even if it’s just a smile… plus it’s keeping kids busy, too!”

The Turkish government has responded to the messages of joy by ordering schools to stop participating because it is an international “plot to turn children gay.”

The Jerusalem Post reports:

The rainbows angered radical Islamists in Turkey, as media outlets started blaming the LGBTQ community for supposed efforts to poison the youth. The Turkish Education Ministry promptly reacted to save the kids from the tentacles of LGBTQ entrapment, telling schools not to be fooled by perverts and that the kids had to stop drawing rainbows.

Even before gay pride marches were banned, and cafes and bars were shut down, the LGBTQ community had been in isolation. They are the ones who know the government-funded hatred hurts the youth. They wanted to show the public their own childhood photos on social media and share their pains of growing up. People who are not members of the community then began showing solidarity in a spontaneous “Gay Lives Matter” movement.

On the first Friday of Ramadan, Turkey’s notorious state religious body generated an anti-gay sermon to be read in all mosques. It said the gay community was the cause of spreading disease and corruption of souls. Erdogan backed the anti-gay sermon, saying targeting the chief of the religious authority was the same as targeting the state. And we all knew that criticizing the state could easily turn your world upside down and might even land you in jail for years without ever seeing a day in court.

The Turkish government has also targeted the art museum Istanbul Modern’s online activity inviting children across the country to draw rainbows and stick them in windows to cheer up confined, reports Al-Monitor.

Egitim-Sen, a teachers’ trade union, confirmed that some local education directorates had called on school principals not to allow children to participate in the project, saying it was an LGBTI plot to turn children gay.

“Some of the commentators on mainstream and social media have stepped up their attacks on the LGBTI community during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Yildiz Tar, a member of the group Kaos GL, told Al-Monitor. “This is hardly new, but it is particularly perturbing that this hate speech is repeated by officials who portray the LGBTI as the culprits, rather than victims, of the pandemic. I am concerned that this hate speech, which has intensified over these critical days, will continue after the pandemic, becoming a permanent fixture of the political rhetoric.”

“We are a vulnerable group and have become even more so during the pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak left me without a job and a home, yet when I applied for financial support from the Ministry of Social and Family Affairs, I was rejected,” Ajda Ender told the outlet. “Not only do we not get any help from the government, but statements by members of the government and top bureaucrats put us at risk of physical and verbal attacks.”