Thursday, May 4, 2023

Türkiye’s president Erdoğan continues to attack LGBTQ community at re-election rally

Türkiye’s President Erdoğan continues his re-election campaign and has given a long speech during a stop in the city of Izmir, with harsh words for members of the LGBTQ community.

“In this nation the foundations of the family are stable. LGBT will not emerge in this country. Stand up straight, like a man: that is how our families are,” he said, amidst a speech that also saw condemnation for supporters of the opposition.

LGBTQ people in Türkiye are not protected from discrimination in employment, education, housing, health care, public accommodations, or credit. The country does not have marriage equality, does not allow single people or gay couples to adopt, does not allow for surrogacy or IVF for gay men and lesbians, and does not allow gay people and lesbians to openly serve in the military.

Erdogan and his cabinet have become increasingly more hostile towards the LGBTQ community and their rights. For example, Istanbul Pride events have been banned since 2015, when police used tear gas and water cannons to physically stop Istanbul Pride. And Ankara imposed a ban on all public LGBTQ-related events for over a year starting in 2017, with the government citing safety concerns as the reason why.

It is not only against LGBTQ people, Turkish women repeatedly protest against unacceptable conservative dress code. They say there has been an increasing number of verbal and physical attacks against women for their choice of clothing.

Enough is enough!!!

If there is no freedom for LGBTQ people, then there is no freedom for anyone

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