01 Jun 2018

Gay activist will run in Turkey's election

An openly homosexual LGBTI+activist has been nominated to take part in the upcoming Turkish elections.

Ans Boersma
Ans Boersma NewsMavens, Turkey
Gay activist will run in Turkey's election - NewsMavens
Hasan Atik. Facebook

Why this story matters:

The LGBTI+ community in Turkey is facing pressure. Last year, the government in Ankara banned all LGBTI+ activities, including NGO operations.

"These activities are a danger to public safety, public health and morality," stated the Ankara city council. 

Turkey has one of the worst records of human rights violations against LGBTI+ people in Europe. Homosexuality is legal in Turkey since the establishment of the republic in 1923, but the LGBTI+ community is not protected by specific laws, and it has suffered under Erdogan's AK Party's rule. Istanbul Pride has been forbidden for three years in a row now. 

If Hasan Atik gets elected, he will be able to lend his voice to one of Turkey's most threatened minorities.

Details from the story:

  • Hasan Atik's choice for the pro-Kurdish party HDP is not surprising given the fact that the party is mainly known for supporting the rights of minority groups.
  • Turkey's population today is very divided when it comes to accepting gays and transgenders. This attitude originates mainly from the current government. 
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