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LGBTI Rights in Turkey


ADDED ON: 10/09/2021

Turkish court acquits students of organising 2019 gay pride march

Turkey has acquitted 19 people who had been prosecuted for organising and participating in a Pride march. A Turkish court had ruled that the students and academic did not commit any crime…

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ADDED ON: 10/02/2021

How violence and abuse drove a transgender migrant back to Pakistan

Romesa Ahmed, a transgender woman from Pakistan, tells the story of her failed attempt to flee to Europe. Shunned by her family, raped and tortured by those meant to help her, Romesa's…

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ADDED ON: 09/15/2021

Islamist Backlash Cancels Bulgarian LGBT Star’s Concert in Turkey

A scheduled performance at the Balkan Fair in Bursa in Turkey by pop-folk singer Vasil Trojanov Boyanov, better known by his stage name Azis, was cancelled on Monday after an Islamist conservative…

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ADDED ON: 08/16/2021

Turkish LGBTQ Activists Counter Oppression With Art, Solidarity and Radical Hope

Activism came to Hazar Kolancalı like a thunderstorm, at first a rumbling in the distance and then upon her all at once. The constant — and often violent — oppression of LGBTQI+…

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ADDED ON: 07/29/2021

LGBT Turks Take Stock After Disrupted Pride Celebrations

ISTANBUL - More than a month after Turkish authorities crushed Pride-themed events in Istanbul, emotions still run raw for members of the country's embattled LGBT community. "There was lots of violence. I…

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ADDED ON: 07/15/2021

Erdogan fires university rector after 6 months of student protests

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday replaced a top Istanbul university rector whose controversial appointment led to months of student-led protests against his rule. Erdogan appointed Melih Bulu as rector…

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ADDED ON: 07/08/2021

For Turkey’s LGBT+ community, discrimination said to loom larger

Cayan Hakiki trimmed their finger nails and scrubbed off the polish last week in order to take Turkish university entrance exams without being hassled, as advocacy groups say LGBT+ people face increasingly…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2021

Discriminatory State Rhetoric Is Threatening Turkey’s LGBTQ+ Community

Among the negative consequences of Recep Erdoğan’s Presidency, his leadership has been harmful to the rights and safety of Turkey’s LGBTQ+ community. For example, in June 2021, Istanbul’s Pride parade was broken…

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ADDED ON: 06/27/2021

Turkey police bash LGBT pride parade in Istanbul

Turkey’s far-right ruling party, which is known for its frequent homophobic remarks, sent its police to attack a peaceful LGBT pride parade in Istanbul on Saturday. Turkey’s government has become increasingly authoritarian…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2021

Turkey’s ruling coalition demonises LGBT communities to keep support, weaken opposition

Turkey’s ruling government is agitating against the country’s LGBT community in a bid to rebuild polarise society further for political gain, researcher Tunay Altay wrote in Bianet on Saturday. Altay uses the…

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ADDED ON: 05/17/2021

Turkish media watchdog issues fine over interview with transgender woman

Turkey’s media watchdog has issued a fine against an internet series for airing a broadcast that featured a trans actress, Duvar English news site reported on Sunday. Turkish regulator Radio and Television…

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ADDED ON: 04/26/2021

Turkish Protests: Students, LGBTI, Women, and Democracy in Turkey

  The Bogazici Protests have been taking place for months now, and the situation has not subsided. In fact, things have heated up recently. The Erdogan administration pulled Turkey out of a…