In Turkey, attacks on the LGBT community are at an all-time high despite homosexuality being legalized in 1923. Recent protests took place in Istanbul following the death of transgender women and activist Hande Kader, whose body was found burned in the forest. Soon after, Istanbul authorities were forced to ban transgender and gay pride parades due to threats from ‘ultra-nationalists’.
Kader’s death was not the first within the LGBT community in Turkey. “Kader’s murder comes after a gay Syrian refugee who disappeared in central Istanbul was found mutilated and beheaded. Mohamed Wisam Sankari was found dead in the Yenikapi district in a suspected homophobic attack.”
The killings of men and women based on their sexual preference is asinine and utterly despicable. Not only are the people in the LBGT community in Turkey fighting to be ‘included’ as Oprah would say, but they are also being mutilated. Enough is enough! I ask for these brothers and sisters to keep fighting for their rights and life because everyone deserves the right to make their own choice no matter what the circumstance maybe. I would like to end my article with the remanding passages from Henley’s ‘Invictus’:
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
If you are an LGBT person living in Turkey, head over to the Guardian and give your feedback on the recent protests and your experience living in Turkey.