I was there holding a Trans Pride Flag while the team prepared the script and filming equipment.
A police officer grabbed my flag and tore it down.
When I tried to film the interaction with my phone, they beat my hands with batons.
The team and I crossed the street and attempted once again to hold our press conference.
We were followed by the police and their batons once again swung for our hands. We were simply trying to tell the truth about justice for transgender women in our country.
Following the dispersal of the 2021 Istanbul Pride Parade, cities and towns around the country emerged with their own Pride events, defying local bans.
Even conservative small towns saw Pride marches in their streets
Turkey’s welcoming approach to the LGBTQ+ community in the early 2000’s quickly reversed following the 2013 Gezi Park protests.
The political uprising that sought to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s political party from power occurred during Pride month and included a number of queer activists.
Suppressing queer expression has become part of the government’s effort to concentrate control.
I’m optimistic, however, that people’s opinions are changing and the new generation will usher in the end to this government by the next federal election.
One sign things are changing, for example, is that the media has stopped calling us “perverts” and started using the acronym “LGBTI”.
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