Transphobic violence in Istanbul on 23 May

Eylül, a trans sex worker, was subjected to an attempted robbery in Istanbul’s Tarlabaşı neighborhood while in a commercial vehicle. The young woman, who was wounded with sharp objects, was taken to the Şişli Etfal Hospital.

Source: “Istanbul’da transfobik şiddet durmuyor” (“Transphobic violence continues in Istanbul”), Pink Life, 24 May 2015,

Transphobic hate attacks continue in Istanbul.

Last night [23 May 2015], a young trans woman who got into a cab with two men with whom she had established work terms was subjected to attempted robbery. Eylül, a trans sex worker, struggling against the perpetrators, was stabbed three times. The assailants wanted to grab Eylül’s bag but were challenged by her resistance and stabbed the young woman three times causing her large intestine to be ruptured.

The young woman was taken to Şişli Etfal Hospital, where she received primary medical care. She will be taken in for surgery today [24 May 2015]. Her friends reported that her condition remains serious.

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