LGBTI News Turkey Week in Review: February 24-March 2, 2014

IGLHRC believes that a vital part of our mission is supporting the work of activist organizations and allies by disseminating important information on human rights issues affecting LGBT communities worldwide. To this end we are posting this weekly roundup from LGBTI News Turkey. LGBTI News Turkey is a group of volunteer-translators dedicated to providing English translations and sources on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) issues in Turkey for journalists, activists, scholars and the general public.

February 26, 2014. “LGBTI Activist Recounts Homophobic Harassment During Detention”

“A demonstration took place in Taksim on February 22, 2014 against Internet censorship. The police attacked the protesters with tear gas and took many of them into custody. Among the detainees was Hevi LGBTI member Sezer Yekta. Yekta was taken into custody with the justification that he was in possession of a rainbow flag. He was assaulted and was subjected to homophobic harassment by the police.”

 

February 28, 2014. “The Story of an HIV Positive Gay Man: At First They Show Compassion, Then They Flee”

“An interview with Hasan Atik who has been living with HIV. Atik spoke about the the difficulties of being HIV positive and gay: “HIV is a disease wrongly attributed to only gay people.” His story is one of segregation in every place, be it the law, health or social relationships. “The goal is to protect the other person from us, which is “othering” us. It worsens the situation, where already are already a monster in the eyes of the public.”