Turkey

LGBTI Rights in Turkey


ADDED ON: 07/22/2018

‘I wanted and tried to kill myself’: What It’s Like Being Transgender in Turkey

Turkey has the highest transgender murder rate in Europe. The violence transgender people face often goes unpunished as the police is reluctant to investigate these cases and to help them. The transgender…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2018

Police Beat and Arrest Protesters Defying Istanbul’s LGBT Pride Parade Ban

As dusk approached on Sunday, the streets filled with smiling faces that sparkled with glitter, along with ululating pop music and drums. All around, rainbow flags fluttered in the sky as the…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2018

Communist LGBT Group’s Film Screening Banned in Ankara

The Ankara Governor’s Office has banned the movie screening event of a communist LGBTgroup which was to be held in the capital city on June 28, citing the ongoing state of emergency…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2018

LGBT+ Activists Gear Up to Defy Turkey’s Ongoing Pride Ban

Teens draped in rainbow flags, trans activists waving banners, same-sex couples holding hands: every year, usually in the closing days of June, these are the scenes taking place in Istanbul, Turkey. But,…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2018

Turkey’s LGBT Community Vows to March for Pride Despite Crackdown Fears

Though they fear what Sunday's elections may bring, LGBT activists intend to unite and march in this year’s Pride Parade. Turkey’s LGBT community has vowed not to surrender in its battle against…

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ADDED ON: 06/15/2018

The L.G.B.T. Refugees in Turkey Who Refuse to Be Forgotten

When you are a refugee, you learn all about the hierarchy of compassion. There are the people from war-torn countries—refugees from humanitarian catastrophes so enormous that they upend the world’s imagination, such…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2018

Clothing Chain Primark’s In The Hot Seat After Revealing Where Its Pride Merch Comes From

Earlier this week, clothing chain Primark announced that it would be working with LGBTQ charity Stonewall to sell Pride-themed clothing. The company announced this union while also saying that they will be…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2018

Amnesty Warns That Turkish LGBTI+ People are ‘living in more fear than ever’

"Most LGBT+ people in Turkey today are living in more fear than ever before,” an activist tells me when we meet in a café in Istanbul on a cloudy day in February. She is…

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ORAM – Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration

ORAM is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the world’s most vulnerable refugees: sexual and gender minorities, the disabled and elderly, youth, women and those still at risk of persecution.

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Astraea Foundation

The Astraea Foundation is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTI human rights around the globe. Founded by activist women of color in the 1970s to fund a burgeoning national movement, in 1996 Astraea became the first U.S. organization to provide critically needed funding to LGBTI groups internationally. Astraea prioritizes funding for groups led by lesbian, transgender and intersex activists who are changing discriminatory laws and policies, using arts and cultural activism to inspire social change, and building inclusive movements for justice.

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Human Rights First

Human Rights First (HRF) is an independent advocacy and action organization working with LGBTI leaders across the globe to guarantee that their voices are heard. HRF is committed to protecting the human rights of LGBTI persons and ensuring that they remain a foreign policy priority of the U.S. government.