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The main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) requested Feb. 14 a parliamentary commission of inquiry be set up on LGBT rights in Turkey.

One of the signatories of the motion, the CHP's Istanbul deputy Binnaz Toprak said Parliament was turning a blind eye to the discrimination faced by the LGBT community in Turkey.

"The attitude of the political institution determines the attitudes of officials working in the state bureaucracy as well. Hence, one of the biggest complaints of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transsexuals is the attitude shown by the police toward them. The police may sometimes use unlawful methods against them. [For that reason] these communities, which form a significant part of our society, are feeling unsafe," said Toprak.

Toprak also emphasized that the concepts of sexual orientation and sexual identity were left out of the law on violence against women, adding that a lot of LGBT individuals were suffering abuses such as discrimination, harassment, mobbing and stigmatization.

The motion also requests the identification of all the problems faced by LGBT communities in Turkey through the commission's work.


February/15/2013

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joe Maddin

5/21/2013 1:41:15 AM

In Turkey where supposedly homosexuality is lega, gays are harassed more than in Arab countries where homosexuality is illegal. It is just on paper. The Turkish society is extremely conservative and macho. It needs to be educated. Yet with the Islamist AKP in power, this will never happen.The silent and ramping repression is such that most turkish gays leave the country for the West

M B

2/16/2013 10:35:13 AM

Mesude Salihli, if I was infront of you right now, I would take a bow to you. Very well said. Actually in my family there are three. All open and accepted and loved as equal.

andrea dealmagro

2/15/2013 10:09:21 PM

Wow @ Falk: What an ignorance! Countries as diverse as Iran, Thailand, and Cuba have legalized sex changes (plus many others.) The UN and EU Commissions for Human Rights have both guaranteed civil rights for LGBT. The UNCHR includes many non-western countries. Title VII of the US Code also guarantees non-discrimination against these individuals. And I am sure there is much more to this issue. The world is moving toward inclusion - togetherness - in spite of all barriers.

Suhail Shafi

2/15/2013 10:02:53 PM

@ Pawel Bury - Please clarify if you even believe in equal rights for women, non whites and non Christians.

mesude salihli

2/15/2013 9:39:58 PM

Conservatively speaking, one in fifty people or so is born gay or lesbian, even, in Turkey. Falk Bernard, you do the math. Recently, I have found out there is one in my family too who is not open, actually married to an opposite sex, and doesn't know that I know (internet is an amazing place). We all have at least one in our (extended) families, we just don't know who there are.

mara mcglothin

2/15/2013 9:16:44 PM

Women still don't enjoy full rights(maybe in name only) in Turkey much less LGBT people. I am not optimistic. Maybe Turkey could export their gays to Iran for intensive treatment. I am waiting for someone from the AKP to explain that Muslims are never gay, along with committing genocide etc.

M B

2/15/2013 6:01:37 PM

Falk Bernard, I am hoping that you are just sarcstic with your comment otherwise I agree with Richard Wyatt about your ignorance thoughts. ''A lifestyle that is promoted by the western world''

Pawel Bury

2/15/2013 3:16:04 PM

No Islamic country will ever give these people their rights. Same goes for women.

Richard Wyatt

2/15/2013 12:18:50 PM

The biggest problem gay people face is bigotry brought about by ignorance. Falk Bernard's comment is yet another example of such ignorance.

M B

2/15/2013 7:44:08 AM

LGBT community is not only people you see on the streets after midnight for sexual or entertainment business. There are millions of gay and lesbians or bisexuals in Turkey however they cannot come out freely to their family, friends, colleagues etc. Because there is nothing in law to prtoect them. This has to change. These people have to be recognised. Most of them are doctors, engineers, artists, police or anything but if they can be recognised in the new constitution, others will follow.
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