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Can Çavuşoğlu has said he will run in Giresun’s district of Bulancak in the March 2014 local elections. Photo posted on Twitter by @cancavusglu

Can Çavuşoğlu has said he will run in Giresun’s district of Bulancak in the March 2014 local elections. Photo posted on Twitter by @cancavusglu

A Turkish man who studied in the United States is aiming to become the first open member of the country’s LGBT community to hold public office when he runs to become mayor of a small town on Turkey’s Black Sea coast.

Can Çavuşoğlu has said he will run in Giresun’s district of Bulancak in the March 2014 local elections in a bid to become the first-ever openly homosexual mayor in the country, while declaring himself a “gay, activist, writer, thinker, painter, humanist and women rights activist.”

The 43-year-old, who was born in Istanbul, has looked to win votes by saying only he can bring American investment to the town thanks to his connections with the U.S., according to a written campaign bid released Sept. 12.

Çavuşoğlu also noted his desire to be the first member of the LGBT to be elected mayor on Sept. 11.
“The international values I possess, the representation skills and governmental accounting can be found only in a few people,” said Çavuşoğlu, an independent who is publicizing his campaign on a discussion website and on his Twitter account.

Çavuşoğlu also said his financial situation was “quite good” – a factor that will allow him to end corruption and embezzlement in Bulancak if elected as mayor.


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sam afg alokozai

9/13/2013 11:33:08 PM

@brian irlanda .. Singapore, Sri Lanka, India, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, Trinidad & Tobago, Papua New Guinea, russia, Ukraine, Bhutan, Brunei, Malaysia, Maldives, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Angola, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria ... no place here to write all democratic countries where homosexual is illegal, tens of other countries homosexual is legal but constitutional ban, means no politics e.g japan, S.korea

joe Maddin

9/13/2013 3:11:00 PM

He is risking his life. Turkey is extremely homophobic. Don't wonder why most turkish gays seek to leave the country.

Brit in Turkey

9/13/2013 12:56:49 PM

Going by the turnout for the vote on same-sex "marriages" in the British parliament 90% of British MPs are "gay".

Agnes Smith

9/13/2013 11:58:33 AM

Yes SAM - Turkey is exceptional. Glad you are paying attention. LOL ;)

Recep Ozel

9/13/2013 11:56:53 AM

Good luck to Can Çavuşoğlu and hope he wins!!

Brian Irlanda

9/13/2013 10:55:09 AM

But of course..in Giresun maybe only he and his mother will vote for him!!!


9/13/2013 10:11:40 AM

This is great news! I really hope that he is successful. He would have a huge female following I am sure. I think this would encourage more women to vote!

turkic voice

9/13/2013 9:50:40 AM

if he doesn't get into office he could play the role of Sumbul Aga from magnificent century

young genius

9/13/2013 9:37:40 AM

Giresun? Good luck!

Brian Irlanda

9/13/2013 8:47:37 AM

Are you for real sam afg? Just about every country and region allows all sorts of people to run, including gay people. IN fact in some places, like San Francisco you are at a serious political disadvantage if you are straight! :-) Give us a list of the 90% of democratic countries who don't accept gay candidates?
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