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.