The president of Turkey, the conservative Islamist Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has complained that the UN headquarters in New York is decorated in “LGBT colors”, in reference to the color wheel that represents the sustainable development goals and that have adorned the building this week.
“When you enter the United Nations General Assembly you see the LGBT colors on the steps and in some other areas,” the head of state declared to the Turkish media, after his participation in that forum at the UN headquarters in New York. .
The United Nations plenary hall has been decorated with the bright colors that promote the sustainable development goals, and that Erdogan has linked to the rainbow flag that symbolizes the movement for the rights of the LGBT community.
Erdogan said that he would like to speak with the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, about the presence of those colors, ensuring that there are leaders who “feel bothered” by that decoration.
“Right now, some leaders are pro-LGBT and some are anti-LGBT… They have as much right on those stairs (of access to the UN) as those who are against LGBT. Because it’s about a humanitarian issue and it is important to know that there are people who feel upset,” argued Erdogan, whose speech against homosexuals has been hardening in recent years.