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Turkey urged to stop brutal trans killings

Friday, 26 February 2010

International human rights groups are putting pressure on Turkish authorities to end shocking transphobic killings in the country.

Turkey urged to stop brutal trans killings

Turkey urged to stop brutal trans killings

The call comes after the murders of two transgender women in the last two weeks.

Turkish LGBT group Pembe Hayat, Human Rights Watch, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe) have written an open letter to the Turkish Government, calling for stronger protection for trans citizens.

“Without meaningful government action to affirm their rights and ensure their safety, transgender people in Turkey will continue to live in fear,? Human Rights Watch researcher Juliana Cano Nieto said.

The letter details the most recent killing of a transgender woman on February 16 in Istanbul.

Turkish media reported Aycan Yener was stabbed 17 times and her throat slit while her housemate was also repeatedly stabbed in the attack, but survived.

On February 8, 35-year-old Derya Y was stabbed to death in her home in the Altındağ district of Antalya. Her throat was cut and she was found with multiple stab wounds.

Since November 2008, it’s thought at least eight transgender women have been murdered in Ankara, Istanbul and Antalya.

Putting a spotlight on the issue in its 2009 Progress Report on Turkey, the European Commission said transgender people were still subject to continued violence in Turkey and provisions in the country’s Criminal Code on “public exhibitionism? and “offences against public morality? allowed police to actively discriminate against LGBT people.

The coalition said it hopes the Turkish government will help protect transgender people from violence by establishing anti-discrimination laws and fostering better cooperation with police and the wider community.

info: To read the letter, visit www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/02/19/turkey-stop-violence-against-transgender-people

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December in Istanbul can be quite cold. In fact, the last few years the city has even been getting snow. Some say it is because of global warming, climate change.

Sitting and warming up in the coffee shop, cups of steaming black coffee cradled in their hands to warm them, the three men discussed the weather, politics, tourists (and the lack of them in winter) and their profession.

Only the young, active and adventure-seeking Tabari was a full-time rent boy. Hasad and Rauf, both older men, only worked as rent boys evenings and weekends. Rauf even had a wife and family in the old section of the city. He said he did it for the money. Hasad claimed it was to practice his English. Tabari laughed and admitted he was a rent boy because he loved men and might as well get paid for it.

Hasad and Rauf smiled at him, indulgent of the younger man with his beautiful face, smooth skin, and dancing eyes. Rauf was tall and very dark, his muscles wiry and knotted from physical labor. A little gray even sprinkled his short, kinky black hair.

Nothing had ever come easy for Rauf, born into a poor household, undereducated, hard working. He was a good man. This bit of luxury, a warm coffee shop on a cold day, a good cup of coffee, pleasurable male company, this was all he asked for and he enjoyed every moment of it. Soon enough he would have to return home to his tired wife and screaming children.

Hasad fell right between them in age. Although he was not from a rich family, they were well to do enough that they had supported him through college and allowed him to study abroad. Of the three of them, he was the best traveled in both Europe and Asia, and had even spent a year in America. His dressed and spoke like a European, sleek and sophisticated in his manners and looks.

Rauf had never been out of Istanbul, and never wanted to be. Tabari, well, he was full of dreams. With luck, some of them might come true.

“Look!” Tabari exclaimed, “It is snowing!”

And so it was. He rushed from the shop to stand outside and watch the delicate flakes falling on the old streets and buildings. New lighted signs reflected from the damp surfaces. Their breath made puffs of smoke in the soft, gray dusk.

Tabari played; trying to scrape enough snow together from a window ledge for a snowball, but it was too dry and fell apart even as he threw it at Hasad. Caught up in the spirit, Hasad captured the younger man and playfully bent him over his knee.

“Here, Rauf, help me with this little ruffian!” he cried, and Rauf, laughing, made as if to spank the struggling Tabari.

With such good cheer they made their way together to a place they all knew, rented a dim room, splitting the cost, and tumbled into bed.

Ever eager to serve, Tabari sat up between Hasan and Rauf, a hard cock in each hand. He grinned widely and stroked them both together. Hasan took Tabari’s firm young dick into his fist and stroked slowly, teasing, while Rauf reached below to caress his balls. Tabari sighed and tilted his head back, eyes closed. Being sandwiched between the two strong men was his idea of bliss.

Rauf ran a calloused hand up the smooth, young chest and tweaked a nipple between hard fingers. Gasping, Tabari bent over and took Rauf’s bittersweet chocolate dark cock into his hot, talented mouth. With a moan of pleasure, Rauf ran a hand through the young man’s thick dark hair. Hasan watched stroking himself and Tabari, as the golden youth stroked the thick prick with his lips and tongue.

Rolling up onto his knees, Hasan cupped the tight, young ass and brought Tabari into a doglike position, rocking between the two older men. Tabari knew what was coming and spread his legs wider, relaxing his ass in anticipation and invitation. Wetting his thick cock, Hasan poured himself inside the sweet chocolate tunnel, feeling Tabari’s heat and excitement throbbing through him.

Tabari moaned with pleasure and rocked steadily between the two – Rauf’s cock in his mouth, Hasan’s thick dick filling his ass. Closing his eyes, he gave himself totally to the moment, to the sensation. Growling with pleasure, the tanned, stocky Hasan cupped one hand beneath the young man’s belly, taking his throbbing dick into his hand and allowing it to rub up and down his palm with the motion of the three of them rocking together.

Feeling himself coming closer to climax, Rauf pumped up into Tabari’s welcoming throat. The heat and wet felt good, but he wanted that tight ass. He nudged the young man up. Tabari grinned at him, bright white teeth in a wide smile. Hasan allowed him to slip away, turn, and then seat himself slowly, taking Rauf’s long, hard pole deep inside of him. His legs tucked beneath him, he was able to make easy, short strokes, taking Rauf deep and squeezing hard with his ass.

The rather unkind thought crept through his head that Rauf’s wife was surely not as tight as he, after all those children. Tabari smiled in secret pleasure and squeezed tighter as he rubbed himself down into Rauf’s scratchy pubic hair.

Hasan stood at the foot of the bed, his thick dick in his hand. Tabari leaned forward enough to take it into his mouth, the width of it stretching his jaws painfully, yet the fullness excited him. Once again, he was stuffed, front and back, and loving it. With care he made small movements to excite the two older men as they fucked him from below and in front, thrusting inside of him.

Filled with male flesh, surrounded by the heat and smell of men, Tabari grabbed his own hard dick and began to stroke himself fast and hard. His excitement made him even tighter, painfully so with Rauf so deep within him and yet in the pain was even more pleasure as the dark man thrust even deeper into him. Hands on his hips held him down and steady as that long pole ripped into him.

Hasan choked him with that thick cock, filling his mouth as the head swelled and then in a gush, released hot, creamy sperm. Tabari managed to moan, gulp and gag all at once, reveling in the taste and smell of cum, the feel of it dribbling down his face. He let some of it drool down his chin, wiped his face and then used it to slick down his own cock.

Then, best of all, Hasan knelt and took that hot, young dick into his own mouth, stroking and sucking as Tabari bounced from Rauf’s hard, deep thrusts. Rauf began to growl deep in his chest, ramming his dick deeper and deeper into the young man until with a final snarl he released a hot load into Tabari’s asshole.

The hot cum in his ass, the taste of cum on his lips, and Hasan sucking his dick was too potent a combination for the young man. Tabari cried out, his hands on Hasan’s head, and pumped excitedly into that hot, wet, sucking cave, releasing a stream of cum so heavy that it ran down Hasan’s face and neck as he struggled to swallow it all.

Tabari’s shudders squeezed Rauf’s long dick unmercifully so that he cried out and thrashed and found another few ounces of cum to give up into that tight young ass.

Tabari shuddered and let himself fall backwards to lay on Rauf’s lean chest. Hasan crawled up beside them and they lay together for a few precious, warm moments before going out into the snow again.

Letter to Turkish Government on Violence and Murders Targeting Transgender People

February 22, 2010

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Prime Minister of Turkey
Vekaletler Caddesi Başbakanlık Merkez Bina
P.K. 06573
Bakanlıklar / Ankara

Re: Murders of Fevzi Yener, Derya Y., Şinasi Halimoğlu, and others

Dear Prime Minister Erdoğan:

On behalf of Pembe Hayat, Human Rights Watch (HRW), the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe), and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC), we are writing to express our deepest concern over the recent violence and murders targeting transgender people in Turkey.

Two transgender women have been murdered within the past two weeks. The most recent murder took place on February 16, 2010 in the Fatih area of Istanbul. According to reports from Turkish media, a transgender woman known as Aycan (legal name Fevzi) Yener was stabbed seventeen times and had her throat slit. Her roommate, Seyhan Özmemiş, a 32-year-old woman, was also stabbed multiple times. She has been hospitalized but survived. Eyewitnesses reportedly observed three people fleeing the scene.

On February 8, 2010, an unknown person stabbed to death 35-year old Derya Y. in her home in the Altındağ district of Antalya. According to reports from Turkish lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists, police found Derya Y. in her bedroom with her throat cut and with multiple knife stabs in her face and body. Pembe Hayat, a Turkish transgender rights organization, was informed by friends of Derya Y. that she died due to loss of blood.

Since November 2008, at least eight transgender women have been murdered in Ankara, Istanbul and Antalya. In two cases, suspects were arrested, convicted, and sentenced to life imprisonment. In two other instances, suspects remain in pre-trial detention. The remaining murders are being investigated.

The targeted killing of transgender women is part of a broader pattern of violence against LGBT people in Turkey. On January 28, 2010, colleagues found Şinasi Halimoğlu, a 56 year-old-man, dead on his bed, the victim of multiple knife wounds to his back and neck. According to Turkish media, the alleged murderer informed police that he had arranged a sexual liaison with Halimoğlu with the intent to rob him.

Turkish authorities has an obligation to conduct an effective investigation into all murders of LGBT people and prosecute those responsible, and we acknowledge and are grateful for police efforts to investigate and resolve these crimes. However, it is deeply troubling that incidents of murder and violence against LGBT people in Turkey, especially transgender people, continue unabated [See Appendix 1].

Documentation by Human Rights Watch, Pembe Hayat, and other organizations has established that transgender people face repeated and severe violence from both private citizens and some sectors of the police.[1] All people in Turkey, including transgender people, are entitled to full and equal protection by the law. It is incumbent on your government to address and to combat the conditions that place transgender people at risk of violence.

International inter-governmental bodies have drawn attention to patterns of such violence. For example, the European Commission acknowledged in its 2009 Progress Report on Turkey that transgender people are subject to continued violence in Turkey. It further spelled out that the provisions of the Turkish Criminal Code on “public exhibitionism” and “offences against public morality” are sometimes used to discriminate against LGBT people. It highlighted that the State does not have specific protections against discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.[2] More recently, during the 2009 discussion of Turkey’s progress toward EU membership, the European Parliament drew attention to transgender killings.[3]

Turkey’s obligations to take positive steps to protect transgender people’s lives are incorporated in several international human rights instruments.

* a) Working to overcome prejudice, in the general public and in state officials.

The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions has stated that states must enact “policies and programs geared towards overcoming hatred and prejudice against homosexuals, and sensitizing public officials and the general public to crimes and acts of violence directed against members of sexual minorities.”[4]

Article 5 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) calls on states to eliminate “[p]rejudices and customary and other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either of the sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women.”[5] In its 2005 report on Turkey, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee), that oversees states compliance with CEDAW, called on Turkey to “provide in its next report information, sex-disaggregated statistics and data relating to women in the judiciary, trafficked women and girls, as well as Kurdish women and other groups of women subject to multiple forms of discrimination and their access to health, employment and education, as well as various forms of violence committed against them.”[6]

* b) Other legal measures to ensure investigation and punishment of crimes

Article 4(c) o f the 1993 UN General Assembly Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women urges States to “exercise due diligence to prevent, investigate and, in accordance with national legislation, punish acts of violence against women, whether those acts are perpetrated by the State or private persons.”[7]

The United Nations Committee Against Torture, which monitors the implementation of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, clearly indicated in a 2007 General Comment that States need to take legal measures to address violence and ill-treatment toward marginalized populations including LGBT people.[8]

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg, recommended in the Issue Paper on Human Rights and Gender Identity that the Council of Europe Member States, “[e]nact hate crime legislation which affords specific protection for transgender persons against transphobic crimes and incidents.”[9] The European Commission (EC) reiterated in Turkey’s 2009 Progress Report Turkey’s international obligation to provide genuine protections to all minorities, including LGBT people.[10] The European Parliament reaffirmed this obligation during its plenary session on February 10, 2010.

In order to end the ongoing violence and murders of transgender people in Turkey, we respectfully urge the Turkish government to take the following measures:

* 1. Ensure an effective investigation into the murders of Fevzi Yener, Derya Y., and Şinasi Halimoğlu, which will be capable of leading to the identification and prosecution of the alleged perpetrator(s) of these crimes. Ensure similar steps are taken in the event of any future crimes against the LGBT community.
* 2. Enact anti-discrimination legislation that includes sexual orientation and gender identity as protected status.
* 3. Collect, analyze and disaggregate national and local data on violence, including violence on the grounds on sexual orientation and gender identity as a recognized category.
* 4. Provide training to law enforcement authorities on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity.

1. Include sexual orientation and gender identity in school curricula as a way to combat gender stereotypes.

* 6. Establish permanent communication mechanisms between the police and Turkish LGBT organizations.
* 7. Revise the Law of Misdemeanors (No. 5326) that provides police the option to fine or otherwise treat individuals as criminals on the grounds of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. The vagueness of this law-which purports to “protect public order, general morality, general health, the environment, and the economic order”- allows for prejudicial enforcement by police.

We respectfully request that the Minister of Justice inform us of progress in the criminal investigation into the cases of Fevzi Yener, Derya Y., and Şinasi Halimoğlu. We ask the government to communicate with us as well regarding the above-mentioned recommendations and any other actions taken to stop the murder of transgender people and to protect lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people from violence and discrimination.

Sincerely,

Baris Sulu
Chairperson
Pembe Hayat LGBTT Solidarity Association

Cary Alan Johnson
Executive Director
International Gay and Lesbian human Rights Commission

Evelyne Paradis
Executive Director
ILGA-Europe

CC:

Mr. Sadullah Ergin
Minister of Justice
Fax: +90 312 419 33 70

Mr Beşir Atalay
Minister of Interior
Fax: + 90 312 418 17 95

Mr. Oğuz Kağan Köksal
Director General of the Turkish National Police
Fax: +90 312 425 6520

Mr. Zafer Üskül
Turkish National Assembly Human Rights Investigative Commission
Fax: +90 (312) 420 53 94

Mr. Burhan Kuzu
Turkish National Assembly Commission on Constitution
Fax-Tel: +90 312 420 53 21

Scott Long
Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program
Human Rights Watch

APPENDIX 1

* 1. On June 29, 2009, Hadise was murdered in her house in Istanbul. Turkish LGBT organizations have no further information on this case.

* 2. On May 22, 2009 Çağla, born under the name İlyas Çağan, was murdered in her house in Ankara. Police arrested a suspect and an Ankara court found him guilty of murder and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

* 3. 25-year old Melek Köklü, born under the name Turgut Köklu, was stabbed to death in front of her house in Ankara on April 11, 2009. Police arrested a suspect and an Ankara court sentenced him to life imprisonment for murder.

* 4. 38-year old Eda Yıldırım was found dead on March 23, 2009 in Bursa. Her head and her genitals were cut from her body. Police captured a suspect who is currently being prosecuted. In court, the prosecutor asked for life imprisonment

* 5. On March 10, 2009, 28-year old Ebru Soykan, a prominent transgender human rights activist, was stabbed to death in her home in Cihangir, a neighborhood in central Istanbul. Prior to her murder, Soykan had asked the Prosecutor’s Office for protection from a man who had beaten her on several occasions and threatened to kill her in her home. The alleged killer confessed and surrendered, and is currently subject to prosecution.

* 6. On the night of November 10, 2008, an unknown man shot Dilek İnce, a transgender woman while she was in her car in the İskitler-Etlik district in Ankara. An eyewitness told Turkish LGBT organizations that she saw two men in a black car shooting İnce. Doctors found eight shots in her head. Dilek İnce was one of the witnesses in a series of attacks against transgender women living in Eryaman in 2008. Police have not found the killers.

[1] Human Rights Watch, “We need a Law for Liberation:” Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights in a Changing Turkey, May 21, 2008, available at:

http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2008/05/21/we-need-law-liberation-0; IGLHRC, “Turkey: Change Law of Misdemeanors to End Abuse of Trans People,” November 19, 2009, available at http://www.iglhrc.org/cgi-bin/iowa/article/takeaction/globalactionalerts…. These reports also address instances where the police have used the Law of Misdemeanors (No. 5326) to target the LGBT community.

Turkish LGBT Rights Platform, “Press Release on Murder of Dilek Ince,” November 12, 2008, available at http://www.ilga-europe.org/europe/guide/country_by_country/turkey/protes… LGBTT Rights Platform of Turkey, Statement regarding a Transgender Murder in Ankara, May 22, 2009, available at http://news.kaosgl.com/item/2009/5/26/again-a-transgender-murder-in-turk… Human Rights Watch, Turkey: Transgender Activist Murdered, March 12, 2009, available at http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/03/12/turkey-transgender-activist-murder….

[2] Commission of the European Communities, Turkey 2009 Progress Report,, SEC(2009)1334, November 14, 2009, p. 26, available at http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pdf/key_documents/2009/tr_rapport_2009_e….

[3] See European Parliament, “Resolution P7_TA-PROV(2010)0025,” February 10, 2010 on Turkey’s progress report 2009, available at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P7-T…. The European Parliament asked Turkey to “continue and intensify its efforts to fully meet the Copenhagen criteria and to bring Turkish society together in support of the necessary reforms, uniting it on the basis of the equality of every human being irrespective of gender, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation;” It also manifested its concern “about the lack of guarantees against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” calling on Turkey to “ensure that discriminatory provisions are removed from legislation and that hatred and violence based on homophobia are duly punished;”

[4] Report of the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, UN Doc. E/CN.4/2002/74, January 9, 2002, para. 148.

[5] Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), G.A. Res. 34/180, U.N. Doc. A/34/46, acceded by Turkey on December 20, 1985, article 5(a).

[6] Concluding Observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, Turkey, sixtieth session, A/60/38, January 2005, para. 381.

[7] General Assembly, Resolution 48/104, adopted on December 20, 1993, available at http://www.unhchr.ch/huridocda/huridoca.nsf/(symbol)/a.res.48.104.en

[8] Committee Against Torture, General Comment 2, Implementation of article 2 by States Parties, U.N. Doc. CAT/C/GC/2/CRP. 1/Rev.4 (2007), para. 21, available at http://hrlibrary.ngo.ru/cat/general_comments/cat-gencom2.html.

[9] Gender Identity and Human Rights Issue Paper (2009) p. 44, available at https://wcd.coe.int/ViewDoc.jsp?id=1476365

[10] See above fn 2; Gay and Lesbian Rights Intergroup, “European Parliament reaffirms LGBT rights are a condition to join the European Union,” February 18, 2010, available at http://www.lgbt-ep.eu/news.php.
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Bears tend to have hairy bodies and facial hair; some are heavy-set; some project an image of working-class masculinity in their grooming and appearance, though none of these are requirements or unique indicators. Some bears place importance on presenting a hypermasculine image and may shun interaction with, and even disdain, men who exhibit effeminacy.[1] The bear concept can function as an identity, an affiliation, and an ideal to live up to, and there is ongoing debate in bear communities about what constitutes a bear, however a consensus exists that inclusion is an important part of the Bear Community.[2][3]

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Are you prepared to die for what you are?

25 February 2010

Being Gay and African have for long been considered taboo in many African countries. Even in present day emotions runs high when it comes to homosexuality and in the past week attempts on the lives of homosexuals in Africa have been reported yet again. Having travelled to some of these intolerant countries I must say I enjoyed the diversity of people, cultures and stunning fauna and flora but in the same breath found the festering fear, hatred and concealed homophobia disturbing. I have always researched the country I am to visit stance on homosexuality to prepare myself for any potential problems I may encounter – an essential task for any gay traveler. Anyone planning on visiting Africa here is a brief breakdown of homophobia on the continent and also asks the question: Are you prepared to die because of what you are?

First with the good news, African countries where homosexuality is legal for both Gays and Lesbians are South Africa, Rwanda (for now), Réunion, Madagascar, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Côte dl’voire, Cape Verde and Benin. Queerly, in some African countries homosexuality between two men are illegal but lesbianism is not. Therefore, for all our dykes out there it’s safe to visit Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. Evidently two women engaging in sexual acts are far less “unnatural? and more palatable in these countries which led me to infer that these laws were drafted by chauvinistic heterosexual bigots harboring sexual fantasies about threesomes with a lesbian couples and repressing their own flaming homosexual desires.

In some African countries homosexuality is illegal but not strictly enforced. In these countries being gay is unlawful but would not necessarily see you end up in jail or fined. Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Seychelles, Mauritius, Comoros, Angola and Mali are such countries. Even though these countries don’t strictly enforce these laws it by no means suggest that gay travelers should take unnecessary chances or risks, best be cautious and discreet. In other African countries these laws are enforced and the penalties are less harsh, in a few the maximum prison sentences are up to 3 years. These countries include Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Guinea, Liberia, Burundi and Botswana.

African countries best to avoid on your travels where the prison sentences are more than 5 years are Libya (up to 5 years), Gambia (up to 14 years), Nigeria (up to 14 years), Senegal (up to 5 years), Cameroon (up to 5 years), Djibouti (up to 12 years), Eritrea (up to 10 years), Ethiopia (up to 5 years), Kenya (up to 14 years), Zambia (up to 15 years) and Zimbabwe (up to 10 years). In these countries the reality of imprisonment are very real especially for their citizens. How these nations believe that homosexuals will be rehabilitated of their sexual preference in prison boggles the mind. Yet each year homosexuals go to jail and each year the fear grows.

Life imprisonment and the death penalty for the “crime? of homosexuality are still enforced in Africa. It’s frightening that the sentence of life imprisonment is still upheld in Tanzania and Uganda. Even more horrifying is the fact that in Sudan, Mauritania and Somalia the death penalty for homosexuality are still a legitimate sentence and enforced. These 5 African countries must be the worst offenders of human rights abuses towards homosexuals in Africa. However, Uganda tops my top 10 list of worst offenders. Not only is life imprisonment not enough now they also want to enforce the death penalty. As many know Uganda has an Anti-Homosexuality Bill which they hope to pass in their parliament. This bill has also been called the Genocide Bill as effectively it calls for the eradication of all homosexuals and HIV+ people in Uganda. Should this bill pass the consequences are dire and many people will die because they are gay.

Africa still has a long road ahead moving from a dark continent of intolerance and homophobia to a continent of peace and unity; Slowly but surely countries are enlightened and its people’s eyes are opened to new possibilities and a brighter futures. Luckily, I live in one such country on the southernmost tip of Africa. Being a South African I can’t honestly say I am proud of our neighboring fellow Africans. I don’t approve of their ancient laws and practices victimizing and persecuting my fellow gay brothers and sisters. I don’t condone the silence of the international community when human rights abuses occur in Mother Africa. Change does not happen overnight and neither can it succeed in silence. So there you have a breakdown of homophobia on the African continent. Should you be travelling to any of these countries be safe and be warned.

Gay Men Policing Heterosexuality in Jamaica

25 February 2010

February 20, 2010

As always, the architects of the proverbial closet subjugate his mind and provide him with the tools needed to perpetuate the suppression of his fundamental instincts, and those of others, effectively elevating lowly “slaves” to the position of “slave-drivers”. It provides for effective social control.

We hate ourselves, because we have been conditioned to consider who we are as evil. I can’t remember if I shared this with you before, but it’s relevant to this post so here goes. A few months ago I met my school’s LGBT advisor for a conversation, along with one guy from Morocco, and the other from Connecticut. The American noted how interesting it was to meet gay men from other countries, for he had never thought of them before. I then said to him that we might be from very different places but our experiences trying to negotiate socio-cultural spaces that marginalize us is the same, albeit to different extents. He disagreed. He said, “my coming out was actually quite easy. I told my parents, they said okay, and that was that.”

I on the other hand struggled for years to get to the place where I am now. I never doubted that I loved men, or that I was gay when I discovered that people in the world identified as “gay” and led quite normal lives, but I fought hard to understand why society was so hostile towards the idea of someone like me. Many gay Jamaican men don’t quite get to the stage where they question the validity of their cultural paradigm. Instead, they continue to hate themselves, constantly wishing the gay away, hoping to meet the woman who will sweep them off their feet. Some of the most robust rejections of my being gay have come from Jamaican men struggling with their sexualities. But, I understand extremely well the factors that give rise to this kind of self-loathing and oftentimes outright rejection of the notion of a gay identity. It makes perfect sense that we have internalized the homophobia of our society, and interesting how one is given the tools to perpetuate his own oppression and that of others.

We must learn to love ourselves. We must erase every thought we’ve ever had that the attraction we feel is dirty, or evil. We will have to ignore every hurtful word people hurl at us when they question our masculinities. None of this is easy, but we must not hesitate to begin peeling away the layers of shame and guilt in which our Jamaican upbringing has encrusted us. The slave drivers were better regarded by their masters, but we gain nothing from perpetuating hatred and fear against our own.

Pattern of murder continues in Turkey

Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Pattern of murder continues in Turkey

Since November 2008, at least eight transgender people have been murdered in the Turkish cities of Ankara, Istanbul, and Antalya. From The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC):

“The most recent killing was of a transgender woman called Aycan Yener on Feburary 16, 2010, in the Fatih area of Istanbul. Yener, whose legal given name was Fevzi, was killed in her apartment. Her throat was slit, and she was stabbed 17 times. Assailants also stabbed her roommate, Seyhan [Ozmemis], 32, who survived. According to Turkish media, witnesses reportedly observed three people fleeing the scene, but no one has been arrested.

On February 8, Derya Y., a 35-year old transgender woman, was killed in her home in the [Altindag] district of Antalya. Police found Derya Y. in her bedroom with her throat cut and multiple knife stab wounds to her face and body.”

These targeted killings have become part of a broader pattern of ongoing violence and hate against the Turkish LGBT community. On 28 January, Turkish police reportedly found 56-year old Sinasi Halimoglu, who had arranged a date with another man, stabbed to death in his own home.

The organization Pembe Hayat (Pink Life), the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe), the IGLHRC, and Human Rights Watch have jointly sent a letter to the Turkish government condemning the recent attacks. No laws exist in Turkey that protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment, education, housing, health care, public accommodations, or credit. Without this legislative protection, the Turkish community as a whole will continue to be victim to murderers who, more often than not, believe they are doing a service to society by killing our Turkish brothers and sisters.

At the very least, voice your anger, folks. It has been said that one personal letter of protest represents the opinions of approximately 10,000 citizens. Imagine the difference that you can make…

Turkey: Stop Violence Against Transgender People

ANKARA, Feb. 22, 2010 – The recent murders of two transgender women in Turkey highlight an ongoing pattern of violence and the urgent need for stronger protection measures by the government, four Turkish and international human rights organizations said today in a letter to Turkish authorities.

The groups called on Turkey to remedy the conditions that place transgender people at risk from acts of violence by enacting anti-discrimination protections, instituting programs to combat prejudice and hatred, and repealing laws that provide an opportunity for police to harass stigmatized groups. The letter was sent by Pembe Hayat “Pink Life,” Human Rights Watch, the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe), and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).

“Protecting people and preventing violence means more than investigating after the fact,” said Juliana Cano Nieto, researcher in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights program at Human Rights Watch. “Without meaningful government action to affirm their rights and ensure their safety, transgender people in Turkey will continue to live in fear.”

Since November 2008, at least eight transgender people have been murdered in Istanbul and Ankara. The most recent killing was of a transgender woman called Aycan Yener on Feburary 16, 2010, in the Fatih area of Istanbul. Yener, whose legal given name was Feyzi, was killed in her apartment. Her throat was slit, and she was stabbed 17 times. Assailants also stabbed her roommate, Seyhan Ozmemiş, 32, who survived. According to Turkish media, witnesses reportedly observed three people fleeing the scene, but no one has been arrested.

On February 8, Derya Y., a 35-year-old transgender woman, was killed in her home in the Altındag district of Antalya. Police found Derya Y. in her bedroom with her throat cut and multiple knife stab wounds to her face and body.

The targeted killings of transgender women are part of a broader pattern of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Turkey. According to Turkish media, the police found 56-year-old Şinasi Halimoglu, who had arranged a date with another man, dead on his bed on January 28 with multiple knife wounds to his back and neck.

In the wake of the killings, the police have made efforts to investigate and resolve these crimes. In two of the earlier cases, suspects were caught and prosecuted and sentenced to life in prison, and in two other cases suspects are in pre-trial detention. The remaining murders are being investigated. However, little has been done to protect LGBT people in Turkey, especially transgender people, from future acts of violence, the groups said.

In the letter, the organizations recommended:

* Enacting anti-discrimination legislation that includes sexual orientation and gender identity as a legal protection;
* Disaggregate statistics on violence figures that show violence against LGBT people; and
* Instituting consistent communication between the police and LGBT rights groups.

“All citizens of Turkey, including transgender citizens, are entitled to live without fear of murder or persecution,” said Hossein Alizadeh, coordinator of IGLHRC’s Middle East and North Africa program. “The homophobic killings need to stop, and for this we need the Turkish government to take concrete action to protect transgender people.”

European bodies have called on Turkey, a member of the Council of Europe, and on other states to protect LGBT people from violence. The European Union, to which Turkey is seeking admission, adopted a progress report this month, reminding the Turkish government of the need to safeguard all minorities, including LGBT people. Similarly, in 2009, the commissioner for human rights in the Council of Europe, Thomas Hammarberg, urged all member States to enact legislation that would protect transgender people from attacks and violence.

“The Turkish government should stop ignoring demands by Pembe Hayat and other LGBT’s in Turkey to take measures to stop ongoing transgender killings,” said Kemal Ordek, member of Pink Life. “The Constitution and the Penal Code need to guarantee equality and non-discrimination. The Government in turn needs to stop hate murders against transgender people and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Human rights groups like Pembe Hayat have documented a long history of police abuse in Turkey, as well as violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity by state and private actors. In 2008, Human Rights Watch issued reports on violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and on police violence, including harassment and abuse against transgender people in Istanbul.

ILGA-Europe will visit Turkey in April to assess Turkey’s compliance with its European and international human rights obligations toward LGBT people and to document the violence, discrimination, and other obstacles they face in Turkey. The organization has asked the authorities to discuss proposed measures to address the human rights concerns of the Turkish LGBT population.

“Turkey is witnessing ongoing violence and hate against LGBT people,” said Silvan Agius, ILGA-Europe’s senior policy officer responsible for transgender equality. “The Turkish government’s response needs to address the problems at their roots by tackling the severe stigma against LGBT people, social exclusion and poverty on the one hand, and the culture of gender stereotypes that is driving the violence and hate on the other.”

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