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Friday, 30 May 2008

LambdaIstanbul

this group was declared immoral yesterday. It's an LGBT Solidarity Association founded in 1993. And a cultural center since 2000. Grassroots, non-hierarchical, volunteer based. They are anti-military.

They have commissions within the org. Trans, Women's Group, Pride, Performance, Family, Human Rights Violations Reporting. Alas, the police have a lot more power recently and raid groups, including this one. The government insists that human rights are not violated. They work a lot with trans people including sex workers, trans women in feminism, etc. They do also legal aid for trans women harassed by the police.

April 7, 2008, 15 big police guys searched everything. They saw a trans woman coming in, so therefore they must be running a prostitution ring. (Because it's really great for women to make prostitution illegal.) the government of Istanbul said the group violated public morality.

And then I had to g chase after my dog. Now the speaker is showing pictures from the pride parade. Apparently, this was an illegal protest? Last year, there were over 1000 people. Nobody is allowed to protest on the biggest street. But they were so small in the past, they were ignored. The police followed them last year, because of the size. It's not a big party, it's a protest march with chanting.

There was participation from some political figures, including a guy running for parliament and an italian politician.

she's showing up a movie of another march which was stopped by the police and football hooligans. Turkey is not a great place to be queer.

and holy fuck. they were attacked by a giant mob, helped by the police and had to sit on the floor of a bus while people tried to break the windows while they escaped. mobs of men sang "die trannies die"

2 comments:

jenny said...

not a paritcularly good place to be female either...not on that scale of course. on the whole i loved turkey, but nowhere else have i been reprimanded by strangers for being away from my son.

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