Istanbul Pride Week 2018 Event Schedule

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1 Istanbul Pride Week 2018 Event Schedule Event Schedule

For venue addresses, see below.

1.1 Monday, June 25

1.1.1 Deadline for Preregistration for the Queer Bondage Workshop (to be held on June 26th)

This entry is for the deadline for pre-registration for the workshop. The workshop itself will be held on June 26 (see below).

The participants will be selected from people who register at istanbulpride@gmail.com.

The workshop will explore bondage techniques for beginners and for those who are curious about BDSM practices.

1.1.2 Workshop: Feminist Methods of Defense

  • Time: 13:00-16:30
  • Venue: Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası

From head to toe and beyond… It’s my body. A method to express and
defend ourselves when necessary, to develop individual and collective
strategies against the challenges we are experiencing. We meet to have
solidarity, to strengthen together and to embark on a voyage together…
and so much more when we can redefine ourselves.

Workshop is limited to 25 participants. Closed to the participation of
men. To register, please e-mail: istanbulpride@gmail.com

1.1.3 Workshop: DJing Workshop

  • Time: 16:00-20:00
  • Venue: Ziba

We have been marching for 26 years. In this long march we stumbled,
got back up, ran, loved, were loved, made love, couldn’t make love,
sometimes became hopeless, sometimes got too hopeful but we always
danced! We never gave up the magic of the dance which liberated us and
brought us closer to each other. We will not give up! To have fun
completely being ourselves and to dance freely has become a part of
our struggle. We sustained our means and venues of our
entertainment… and our own DJs 🙂 Some of us said “make way, I’ll
play”, they played, we danced. We didn’t stop, we couldn’t have
enough. Isn’t it time for you to say “make way, I’ll play”? If you are
wondering “Oh my, how do they do that?”, “ What are all those buttons
on the screen for?”, “What do you do with those weird gadget?”, this
DJ workshop is right up your alley. Bring your laptops with you and
join us! If you don’t have a laptop, no worries, we’ll manage with
what we have. We will have a professional set up at the workshop,
which will end with a party. Maybe you’d like to play a few songs
there to practise what you learned, why not?

If you say “I’ll play, love”, we are waiting for you love! You play
gurl!

Notes:

  • To make sure we have a productive workshop, participation is limited to 10 people. To register and information on time and venue, please e-mail: istanbulpride@gmail.com
  • The participants are recommended to download free versions of Virtual DJ and Rekordbox software.
  • You can bring the songs you want to work on and to play at the end of the workshop, in mp3 format. (Please make sure the sound quality is 320 Kbps)

1.1.4 Panel and Discussion: Crossing Boundaries: Discrimination and Right Violations Against LGBTI+ Refugees

  • Time: 17:00-19:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

The Syrian Civil War has been one of the biggest crises the world has
experienced since the Second World War and has forced millions of
people to migrate to various countries around the world, especially to
Turkey. Refugees are facing many problems as the migration routes are
dangerous and as they are going to unsafe countries. LGBTI+ refugees
are subjected to a multi-layered discrimination, within their
community as well as the host countries. Deprived of their fundamental
rights such as right to work, to accommodation, to health and to
education; LGBTI+ refugees have to deal with homophobia, transphobia
and xenophobia, leading to their isolation and further deprivation
from rights. Thus, not only do the LGBTI+ refugees have to pass beyond
geographical boundaries but also face invisible boundaries within
society paved with discrimination. In our panel, following the theme
of this year’s Pride Week, “Boundary“, we will talk about
discrimination and rights violations refugees experience while going
beyond boundaries, with experts and activists working in the field.

Moderator: Özlem Çolak (Independent LGBTİ+ Activist)

Speakers:

  • Açelya Sungur (SPoD, Key Refugee Project Coordinator, will talk about the experiences on the field)
  • Hayriye Kaya (Kaos GL, Legal framework in Turkey regarding the refugees, Law on Foreigners and International Protection, temporary protection regime, laws and regulations… How does the legal framework on paper in Turkey change in practice and how does this affect LGBTI refugees?)
  • Anahita Shamsaei (Key Refugee Project Field Worker, will talk about her own experiences and that from the project)
  • Tuğkan Gündoğdu (SPoD, will share the problems LGBTI+ refugees stuck on Greek islands are facing and about the EU-Turkey Agreement)

1.1.5 Talk/Workshop: Polyamorous Talks and Workshops 02: Being The Third, Paramours

  • Time: 17:00-19:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

Last year, the first talk from the series “Polyamorous Talks and
Workshops” was carried out on “Long-term Relationships” within
NakkaLGBTI+. During the talks, it was confirmed that the
being-the-third experience which touches long-term relationships
slightly, corrodes or strengthens their boundaries, revives or ruins
them, never finds its place and is overlooked within the concept of
long-term relationships. Hence, those amongst the LGBTI+ community who
experienced being third wheels or paramours and those who are in
stable or sustainably adaptable relationships are going to talk about
their experiences. We are going to listen to their dating stories, the
changes between the early practices and later ones in the
relationship, how they surpassed the issues that could be problems,
how boundaries were drawn and what forms of relationships were
experienced, their thoughts on notions of family, polyamory and we are
going to ask questions to them.

Moderator: Burak

Speakers: Oğulcan, Beren, Canservi, Meriç

1.1.6 Panel: What does the annulment of the mandatory sterilization requirement mean?

  • Time: 19:30-21:30
  • Venue: Cezayir

The mandatory sterilization process, which was a legal regulation
requirement that people “be deprived of fertility” as part of the
transition process as defined under Article 40 of the Turkish Civil
Code, had been legally annulled. But what does this change mean? Is
this an achievement or does it come with disadvantages? What do the
ECHR rulings on the matter tell us?

Moderator: Rukan Açkani

Speakers:

  • Hatice Demir, Lawyer
  • Hayriye Kara, Lawyer

1.1.7 Opening Party

  • Time: 22:00-04:00
  • Venue: Arsen Lüpen

1.2 Tuesday, June 26

1.2.1 Workshop: Video Activism, Nonviolent Education and Research Center

(Three-day workshop: day 1 of 3)

  • Time: 10:00-13:00
  • Venue: Şiddetsizlik Merkezi (Nonviolent Education and Research Center)

As Seyr-i Sokak Video-Activism Workshop, we aim to make an actual
video record of human rights and freedoms violations, social
movements, civil society actions and street marches; make these
records public via online means; record the police brutality towards
protesters and the public and facilitate the use of these records as
evidence in the judicial processes; register all the social movements
and struggles and their dates visually in order to engender a
collective memory and in order to be the witness and the presenter of
the reality. With these workshops, we share our experiences with the
volunteer participants, inform them about the necessary technical and
theoretical knowledge about video activism and aim to increase the
amount of cameras in the street and to propagate awareness towards the
public’s right to be informed.

Facilitator: Sibel Tekin

Note: This is a 3 days workshop. The participants should bring their laptops and send an email to istanbulpride@gmail.com to register. The event is limited to 25 people.

1.2.2 Workshop: Clown Workshop, Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası

(Three-day workshop: day 1 of 3)

  • Time: 11:00-13:30
  • Venue: Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası

This is about finding your inner ‘clown’ but not with the use of
reason, since our motto is that reason has its limits but not
foolishness!

Yes, it is hard to breathe, our space is restricted and in fact it is
about to vanish… and we, being close to madness and folly, try to
breathe, and catch our breath with straws in our hands!

We still exist! We always will do! Let’s clown around then and extend
the scope of our voice! In this workshop, aimed to be a 3-day acting
workshop covered with red noses, we will be using circus disciplines
such as acrobatics, juggling and balance, and make use of the physical
theatre techniques and the motto ‘everything is a mask and everything
moves’. Bring water, and costumes, as we will be creating your clown
characters!

Workshop Moderator: Rüya Nesrin

Note: This is a 3-day workshop. Event is limited to 12 people. To register, please e-mail: istanbulpride@gmail.com.

1.2.3 Workshop: Conflict Resolution Workshop

  • Time: 14:00- 18:00
  • Venue: Nonviolent Education and Research Center

In our attempt to change the world in order to co-exist with our
differences, are we really able to be together with our differences?

Is it possible to run away from conflicts? Do interpersonal conflicts
make us weak or do we happen to gain strength by trying to resolve our
conflicts?

It is possible that it is hard to resolve our own conflicts even under
the rainbow considering all those heteronormative, binary,
internalized, normalized malices that are imposed by the patriarchal
and capitalist world. Is there a saved queer anyway?

Let’s gain strength and work together by looking at what our own
conflicts might tell us. Let’s get to this conflict resolution
practice ourselves with games and exercises.

Note: Language of instruction is Turkish. Event limited to 20 people. To register, please e-mail: istanbulpride@gmail.com

1.2.4 Panel: Affirmative Therapy against Reparative/Conversion Therapy

  • Time: 17.00-19.00
  • Venue: Cezayir

It is not enough to be against reparative therapy, or be an LGBTI+
friendly therapist or be an LGBTI+ as therapist these days. LGBTI+
individuals now ask for affirmative therapy. They require affirmative
therapy to understand the effects of LGBTI+ phobia, to overcome
internalized LGBTI+ phobia. If a client doesn’t ask for it, therapists
do not have to focus on the clients’ sexual orientation. During this
panel we want to discuss and discover LGBTI+ reparative therapy and
possible the damages it may create, and ethical problems during this
therapy processes and how affirmative therapy may create an
alternative for psychological analysis.

Speakers:

  • Psychiatrist Dr. Seven Kaptan
  • Enes Ka

1.2.5 Panel: The Psychopolitics of Boundaries

  • Time: 17:00-19:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

In this panel, where we focus on the concept of “boundary,” we will
enhance our understanding together with what you will make us think
and feel. From anthropology to sociology, from etymology to
psychoanalysis, we will go beyond boundaries, pause over the rainbow
and ponder on sexual diversity.

Speakers:

  • Özlem Çolak
  • Selçuk Çelik
  • Umut Özen
  • Umut Şah

1.2.6 Workshop: What does the “+” stand for in LGBTI+?

  • Time: 19:00-21:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

In the struggle for LGBTI+ rights, various practices and forms of
existence become norms. It is vital to discuss how gender identities,
gender expressions, and sexuaul orientations turn into identifiable
patterns. In this workshop, we will discuss gender identities and
forms of existence that are not visible within gender binaries, as
well as sexual practices and romanticisms that are excluded from this
system. We will explore asexual and aromantic experiences and thereby
the sexuality and the romanticism of the +.

Workshop Lead: Meriç

1.2.7 Workshop: Queer Bondage

  • Time: 19:00-21:00
  • Venue: Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası

This workshop explores bondage techniques for beginners and for those
who are curious about BDSM practices. The participants will be
selected from people who register at istanbulpride@gmail.com. Deadline
for pre-registration is June 25th.

1.3 Wednesday, June 27

1.3.1 Workshop: Video Activism, Nonviolent Education and Research Center

(Three-day workshop: day 2 of 3)

  • Saat: 10:00-13:00
  • Venue: Şiddetsizlik Merkezi (Nonviolent Education and Research Center)

As Seyr-i Sokak Video-Activism Workshop, we aim to make an actual
video record of human rights and freedoms violations, social
movements, civil society actions and street marches; make these
records public via online means; record the police brutality towards
protesters and the public and facilitate the use of these records as
evidence in the judicial processes; register all the social movements
and struggles and their dates visually in order to engender a
collective memory and in order to be the witness and the presenter of
the reality. With these workshops, we share our experiences with the
volunteer participants, inform them about the necessary technical and
theoretical knowledge about video activism and aim to increase the
amount of cameras in the street and to propagate awareness towards the
public’s right to be informed.

Facilitator: Sibel Tekin

Note: This is a 3 days workshop. The participants should bring their laptops and send an email to istanbulpride@gmail.com to register. The event is limited to 25 people.

1.3.2 Workshop: Clown Workshop, Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası

(Three-day workshop: day 2 of 3)

  • Time: 11:00-13:30
  • Venue: Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası

This is about finding your inner ‘clown’ but not with the use of
reason, since our motto is that reason has its limits but not
foolishness!

Yes, it is hard to breathe, our space is restricted and in fact it is
about to vanish… and we, being close to madness and folly, try to
breathe, and catch our breath with straws in our hands!

We still exist! We always will do! Let’s clown around then and extend
the scope of our voice! In this workshop, aimed to be a 3-day acting
workshop covered with red noses, we will be using circus disciplines
such as acrobatics, juggling and balance, and make use of the physical
theatre techniques and the motto ‘everything is a mask and everything
moves’. Bring water, and costumes, as we will be creating your clown
characters!

Workshop Moderator: Rüya Nesrin

Note: This is a 3-day workshop. Event is limited to 12 people. To register, please e-mail: istanbulpride@gmail.com.

1.3.3 Panel: Pink Discharge Papers in Mandatory Military Service

  • Time: 15:00-17:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

In Turkey, those of us [deemed to be men] are summoned by the army when
it’s time for their mandatory military service. In fact, for us, not to
carry out military service is a right! There is a legal procedure to
get “pink discharge papers” [Gay men in Turkey are held exempt from
mandatory military service if they obtain “pink discharge papers”.]

Can I get a pink discharge paper? What path shall I follow when
getting a discharge paper? What are the things I should watch out for?
How would pink discharge papers affect my social and my professional
life? Come join us in thinking about these issues together!

Speakers: S. Ali, Ozan, Cihan, Alican

1.3.4 Collective HIV Test

  • Time: 18:00
  • Venue: Pangaltı Metro

We invite everyone to get a free and anonymous test with us. We will
meet at 18:00 in front of Pangaltı exit of Osmanbey Metro station to
get a test at the Şişli Municipality Healthcare Directorate
[Şişli Belediyesi Sağlık İşleri Müdürlüğü] building.

1.3.5 Panel and Workshop: Being LGBTI+ in Prison, Discussion and Letter Reading

  • Time: 17:00- 19:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

The panel will focus on the recent rights violations, discrimination and isolation LGBTI+ inmates have been subjected to. The speakers will discuss the ongoing construction of the Pink Prison by the Ministry of Justice as well and seek to present solutions to the current issues. In order to break through the boundaries between the prison and the outside, we will read out the letters of our friends in prison and write them letters.

Moderator: Beyza Bilal (KADAV, hapistelgbti+ network)

Speakers:

  • Hilal Başak Demirbaş: (CİSST/TCPS, hapistelgbti+ network)
  • Former Inmate Loren Elva: (Dersim Roştîya Asmê LGBTİ founder activist, Keskesor Diyarbakır LGBTİ volunteer)
  • Former Inmate Coşkun Yanat: (LADEG – LGBTİQ+ Family and Friends Support Group)

1.3.6 Workshop: BDSM might not be what we thought it was

  • Time: 17:00-19:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

Why does one immediately think about leather gloves, whips, chains,
cages, and the like when we talk about BDSM? These accessories are
indeed part of BDSM practices but is BDSM all about them? What are the
other forms in this practice? Could affection, love, compassion, and
peace be part of BDSM as much as pain, violence, blood, shame, fear
are?

No, this workshop does not aim to help you unearth the hidden parts of
your sexuality and desires. Instead, it invites you to speak about
what is obvious and part of daily life. Join us to talk about the
practice of desire and affection without fetishizing it.

Workshop Lead: Meriç

1.3.7 Panel: Queer Methodologies

The homogenizing world of academic knowledge, stuck within the limits
of the binary gender regime, has been long questioned through queer and
post-colonial studies. Social sciences is a dynamic field where new
ways of thinking and conceiving evolve constantly. In this event,
graduate students who applied the methodological and theoretical
frameworks founded by gender and queer studies will speak about their
recent experiences in the field. The graduate students who are about
to defend their thesis will discuss their subjects, their intervention
in the field, and the challenges of thinking beyond heteronormativity.

1.3.8 Panel: Are You Sick, My Love?

  • Time: 19:00-21:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

According to research done with LGBTI+ individuals and to our own
experience, we face difficulties in accessing health services and we
are subjected to LGBTI+ phobia by healthcare workers. The doctors are
not knowledgeable enough regarding the special healthcare needs of
LGBTI+ individuals either.

In this panel organized by lgbtisagligi.org, we will talk about not
only our experiences but also about the efforts to transcend these
challenges and what can be done.

Moderator: İlksen Gürsoy (Transfeminist activist)

Speakers:

  • Dr. Filiz Ak (Ankara University Department of Family Healthcare Practice)
  • Dr. Yeşim Yasin (Acıbadem University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health)
  • Yeşim Selçuk (SPoD Psychosocial Support Field Coordinator, Clinical Psychologist)

1.3.9 Film Screening: “Out & About: 3 Countries, 3 Families, Same Dilemma” (2016)

  • Time: 20:00 – 21:00
  • Venue: SPOD
  • Languages: Russian, English, Arabic and Farsi

Out & About is a documentary made in 2016, focusing on the lives of
three different families living in Russia, Kenya and Indonesia where
being LGBTI+ is a crime or is stigmatized. Even when the boundaries
change, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, hatred and prejudice do not
change. There will be subtitles in four languages and the duration is
30 minutes.

For more information and the trailer, see: https://koensuidgeest.com/current-and-past-projects/out-about/

1.4 Thursday, June 28

1.4.1 Workshop: Video Activism, Nonviolent Education and Research Center

(Three-day workshop: day 3 of 3)

  • Saat: 10:00-13:00
  • Venue: Şiddetsizlik Merkezi (Nonviolent Education and Research Center)

As Seyr-i Sokak Video-Activism Workshop, we aim to make an actual
video record of human rights and freedoms violations, social
movements, civil society actions and street marches; make these
records public via online means; record the police brutality towards
protesters and the public and facilitate the use of these records as
evidence in the judicial processes; register all the social movements
and struggles and their dates visually in order to engender a
collective memory and in order to be the witness and the presenter of
the reality. With these workshops, we share our experiences with the
volunteer participants, inform them about the necessary technical and
theoretical knowledge about video activism and aim to increase the
amount of cameras in the street and to propagate awareness towards the
public’s right to be informed.

Facilitator: Sibel Tekin

Note: This is a 3 days workshop. The participants should bring their laptops and send an email to istanbulpride@gmail.com to register. The event is limited to 25 people.

1.4.2 Workshop: Clown Workshop, Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası

(Three-day workshop: day 3 of 3)

  • Time: 11:00-13:30
  • Venue: Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyası

This is about finding your inner ‘clown’ but not with the use of
reason, since our motto is that reason has its limits but not
foolishness!

Yes, it is hard to breathe, our space is restricted and in fact it is
about to vanish… and we, being close to madness and folly, try to
breathe, and catch our breath with straws in our hands!

We still exist! We always will do! Let’s clown around then and extend
the scope of our voice! In this workshop, aimed to be a 3-day acting
workshop covered with red noses, we will be using circus disciplines
such as acrobatics, juggling and balance, and make use of the physical
theatre techniques and the motto ‘everything is a mask and everything
moves’. Bring water, and costumes, as we will be creating your clown
characters!

Workshop Moderator: Rüya Nesrin

Note: This is a 3-day workshop. Event is limited to 12 people. To register, please e-mail: istanbulpride@gmail.com.

1.4.3 Meeting: Pride March Trial

  • Time: 09:00
  • Venue: Çağlayan Courthouse

The fourth hearing of our friends who were detained and subjected to
police violence and abuse during last year’s June 19th Trans Pride
March is taking place on Thursday, June 28, at Çağlayan Courthouse. We
are meeting and marching in front of the courthouse to support our
friends during this court hearing when a ruling is expected.

1.4.4 Gay Honor Killing: “We meet for the Ahmet Yıldız Case”

  • Time: 09:00
  • Venue: Kartal Courthouse 5th Criminal Court [Kartal Anadolu Adliyesi, 5. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi]

We are attending the 28th hearing of the Ahmet Yıldız case to own it
and to ensure that no other friend is killed. Gather your things, we
are going to hold them accountable. The killers are still among us.

1.4.5 Workshop: Apple Clove Delight, Sêva Mêxekrêj

  • Time: 13:00- 16:00
  • Venue: TAK

Apple with clove delight is a traditional way to invite the person
you’re in love with to love. It’s the symbolic way to say in Kurdish:
“I’m in love with you.” A small red apple is embellished with dense
rows of cloves. When that process is completed, the scent of dried
cardamom meets the scent of apple, creating a beautiful smell. This
“Sêva Mêxekrêj” in Kurdish created by the combination of apple and
cardamom can last a long time. According to legend, the scent lasts
for a hundred years.

The most aesthetic part of it is preparing the cloves. For this the
round buds at the tip of the cardamom are taken out and the
star-shaped cloves readied. Then the prepared cloves are stabbed into
the red apple individually. Your fingertips might ache in the painful
process.

Lovers, who’ll be separated for years due to work, war or other
reasons, gift each other the Seva Mexekreş before they leave. It means
“until we meet again, let this scent be yours and stay with you.”

Our goal in this workshop is to similarly put together our labor and
love to explain to our LGBTI+ friends abroad that we cross boundaries
and that we are with them through the scent of Sêva Mêxekrêj until we
meet again.

Facilitators: Süleyman, Burak (Keskesor Amed LGBTI initiative)

Note: Event is limited to 20 people. To register, please email: istanbulpride@gmail.com

1.4.6 Workshop: Legal Self-Defense

  • Time: 15:00-17:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

The government’s most effective strategy to neutralize
social opposition in recent years: “fear”

Especially after the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, pressure on
oppositional groups has increased through criminal complaints, smear
campaigns on social and pro-government media, home searches,
detentions and arrests, imposing self-censorship, and attempts to
silence.

We will search for answers in this workshop covering:

  • What rights do we have when we are giving press statements, protesting, opening booths, distributing flyers (by hand and air)?
  • When can police stop us? What can they demand from us in airports, streets and during identification checks?
  • How should we act and who should we call if we or a friend is detained or has thier home searched?
  • Who can we apply to if we are ill-treated?

Facilitator: Rozerin Seda Kip

1.4.7 Workshop: Wall Painting

  • Time: 15:00-18:00
  • Venue: To Be Determined

What is a boundary? What is it that determines boundaries? The most
common physical boundary: walls… Now you are on this side of the wall,
then there on the other side…

The Berlin Wall represents two different forms of existence, but it is
also a space which allows people to think of other possibilities. Is
it when the boundaries are transformed that the world becomes
colorful, or is it when the world gets more colorful that the
boundaries are transformed?

Let’s paint the wall in colors.

1.4.8 Panel: Trans Experiences on Campus

  • Time: 17:30-19:30
  • Venue: Cezayir

We are going to discuss what it means to be a trans university student
in Turkey and the rights violations that they experience on campus.
In the panel, a trans women and a trans man, who are currently
university students, and a trans woman who was expelled from formal
education will talk about their personal experiences.

Participants:

  • Kardelen Yazıcı
  • Orkun Aras Coşkun
  • Arjin Deniz

1.4.9 Panel: “An Honour Killing: The Case of Ahmet Yıldız” (Hêvî LGBTI Association)

  • Time: 19:00- 20:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

Ahmet Yıldız was murdered by his father in 2008, the incident came to
be known as “the first gay honour killing” in Turkey. As the father
went “missing” and the case remained unresolved, each day another one
of our friends is killed in hate murders. We come together on this day
to mark the 28th hearing of the case of Ahmet Yıldız. In this panel,
we will discuss hate murders, the Turkish “legal” system, good
behavior sentence reductions, and impunity.

Moderator: Can Kaya (Hêvî LGBTİ Association, Social Services Expert)

Speakers:

  • Lawyer Fırat Söyle (Lawyer for the case of Ahmet Yıldız)
  • Dr. Ahmet Kaya (Hêvî LGBTİ Association, Monitor for the Ahmet Yıldız trial)

1.4.10 Workshop: Queer Zumba

  • Time: 19:00-20:30
  • Venue: SPOD

While the 26. Istanbul Pride Week is being held, come join us in
getting rid of our bad energy with Queer Zumba!

Zumba is a type of cardiovascular dance/fitness which aims to build
self confidence and give happiness through repetitive and symmetrical
dance moves as well as fitness exercises. It accelerates the
metabolism and increases the oxygen capacity of the body. It is
important that the participants choose comfortable clothes and
sneakers. As Zumba is an intense type of dance, they should also bring
their own towels and some water.

The event is limited to 15 people. To register, please e-mail: istanbulpride@gmail.com

Trainer: Nilüfer Çelebi

1.4.11 Workshop/Talk: LGBTI+ in Literature (The books of Baki Koşar)

  • Time: 20:00-22:00
  • Venue: Üzüm Bar & Pub

Baki Koşar was an award-winning journalist/writer who was writing his
last novel when he was exposed to hate crime and died in 2006. He left
hundreds of reports, interviews, a novel and two story books. In this
event, we aim to present and discuss his novel, and story books to
make his work more and more visible. The event will be open to
everyone, no-one needs to read the books. His boks will be available
in second hand bookstores rather than regular bookstores.

This event is organized by the co-operation of Nakkalgbti+ and
Lambdaİstanbul LGBTI+ as a part of the LGBTI+ in Literature Talks.

The event’s language will be in Turkish.

1.4.12 Speed Dating

  • Time: 21:00-22:00
  • Venue: Will be announced via email

We are taking you out for a date with 15 different people. There will
be 4 minutes of meeting time for each. After these, if both parties liked
each other, we will give you each other’s contact information and
leave the floor to you 🙂

The event is limited to 30 people. To register, please email: istanbulpride@gmail.com.

1.4.13 Boutique Party

  • Time: 22:00-04:00
  • Venue: Üzüm Bar &Pub

1.5 Friday, June 29

1.5.1 Forum: University Students’ Gathering

  • Time: 13:00-16:00
  • Venue: SALT Galata

Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week calls for LGBTI+ students and student clubs
to increase communication and solidarity among the students and/or
student clubs by talking about the problems we face in our
universities and about the ways of dealing with them.

1.5.2 Panel: Beyond the Boundary, “A Precarious Wait”

  • Time: 16:00-18:00
  • Venue: SALT Galata

Once again we would like to delve into the LGBTI+ refugee/migrant
issues since the 2011 outbreak of the the civil war in Syria. As well
as discussing Syrian LGBTI+ refugee issues, we will also be including
İranian and Afghan refugees issues as well. The main topics will be
about their transitions to safer countries, right violations they
encounter in Turkey and long periods of waiting. We would like to
discuss what we can do about these issues collectively.

Moderation: Can Kaya (Hêvî LGBTİ Derneği Social Worker)

Panelists:

  • Müzeyyen Araç: (Hêvî LGBTİ Association, Migrant LGBTİ’s Work Group Coordinator)
  • Ramtin Zigorat: (Hevi LGBTİ Association, İranian Migrants Work Group Coordinator)

1.5.3 Panel: We Have to Stop Somewhere: On the Boundary Between Animal Rights and Human Interests

  • Time: 17.00-19.00
  • Venue: Cezayir

How do we draw a boundary between ourselves and other animals? Where
is the boundary between our and their bodies?

Just as we regard some human beings as more important than others, we
consider some animals important, and others, insignificant.

We see the body of a cow as a map of functions; we treat their organs,
muscles, bones, udders, and skins as a resource for satisfying human
needs. We classify them according to this treatment.

We carry this sort of classification to other animal species as well.
We place both the cat we pet and the lamb we eat on the table under
different categories; one is “loveable” and the other “edible”.

Would you like to re-assess the role of animals, whose dead and living
bodies we have grown so desensitized towards the suffering of? Would
you like to reconsider those rights and inviolability that we ask for
ourselves, for others, but not for other species?

As this week’s activities are focusing on the theme of boundaries, we
are discussing the boundaries that put animals in the category of
significant things. For it is us, who make animals reproduce, kills
them, and sets a limit on their lives.

We have to stop somewhere. But not here.

Moderator: Can Servi

Speakers:

  • Gülce Özen Gürkan
  • Can Servi
  • Buğra Giritlioğlu

1.5.4 Panel: The LGBTI+ Movement and Current HIV/AIDS Politics

  • Time: 17:00-19:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

How inclusive is mainstream HIV/AIDS politics, education on sexual and
reproductive health and HIV/AIDS experience sharing? With this
question, we will evaluate the need for HIV/AIDS policies which
centres LGBTI+ individuals as the subject. We will also be assessing
HIV/AIDS policies, elderly and youth issues as well as sexual and
emotional relations for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Moderator: Burak

Speakers:

  • Emre Özyetiş (Keskesor Amed LGBTİ)
  • Hasan Atik (Hevi LGBTİ)
  • Yunus Emre Demir (26. İstanbul LGBTİ+ Onur Haftası Komitesi)

*With support from the Turkish Family Health and Planning Foundation (TAPV)

1.5.5 Workshop: Violence in Lesbian Relationships

  • Time: 19:00-21:00
  • Venue: Cezayir

Feminine relations in a spiral of violence

Violence is independent of sex, gender and gender identities.
Pre-assumptions of men as a source of violence can lead to violence
and abuse in lesbian and bisexual relationships to be rendered
invisible, preventing discussions of these topics. We want to talk
about these processes, where you could be a perpetrator, victim, or
witness.

Facilitators:

  • Hande İmbat
  • Nihan Zeynep
  • Aylime Aslı Demir
  • Esma Akyel

Note: Workshop has a limit of 25 people. If you would like to join us in our discussions, please register at istanbulpride@gmail.com

1.5.6 Theme Forum: Boundary!

  • Time: 18:00-20:00
  • Venue: Salt GALATA

Each year we meet for the Pride Week Theme Forum and this year we
gather to think and widen the meaning of “boundary” and how it touches
our lives.

We say we don’t accept the boundaries imposed on our identities,
orientations and ways of existence. What do we do to get out of the
spaces we’re pushed into by those who want to isolate us from the
public space?

What are the ways to say “get used to it, we are here” in reaction to
the boundaries imposed by the binary gender system? Are there times
when we reproduce these boundaries?

How can we go beyond the boundaries imposed by nationalist, racist,
colonialist states? How can we make possible the boundless celebration
of our identities for migrants, ethnic minorities and our comrades in
other nations?

We converse about the boundaries existing for the benefit of the
powerful, stand against these boundaries and make visible invisible
boundaries.

1.5.7 Workshop: Dating Stories

  • Time: 20:00- 22:00
  • Venue: Orta Teras

The things we do to meet someone; Hornet, Wapa, Tinder, dating
sites… blind dates arranged by our friends… Come join us in sharing
our best, worst, funniest and the most stressful dating stories.

All participants are expected to bring at least one dating story, so
you better start thinking about it!

1.5.8 Movie Screenings (Queer Fest)

  • Time: 20:00-22:00
  • Venue: Mecra
  1. Movie Screening: Boundary Shorts Selection (77’)

    A selection of short films, selected by Pink Life Queer Fest
    especially for the 26th Istanbul Pride Week and its theme “Boundary”,
    will explore and open up for discussion topics such as the boundaries
    of the body, boundaries of institutions and boundaries in almost every
    realm of life.

  2. Movie Screening: Wonders Wander (60’)

    Director: Shu Lea Cheang

    Wonders Wander is a location based mobi-web-serial with 4 fictional
    episodes set in the city of Madrid. Set in Madrid’s Malasaña
    neighbourhood, known as Maravillas (Wonders) during the La Movida
    Madrileña countercultural movement (1980s), WONDERS WANDER takes the
    wonder out of Malasaña to explore the nouveau queer generation that
    included refugees, migrants, functional diversity, transfeminista,
    transfeminism, open families, subversive motherhoods, sustainable
    living, and the rise of auto-defense practices for self-empowerment.
    Wonders Wander with its gps guided city-walks tracks sites of
    homo-trans-phobic attacks that extends to peripheral Madrid. Along the
    way, Wonders Wander’s fantasia film episodes recount tales of
    current-day people’s resistance with relentless defiance, seductive
    sensuality and vigorous passion.

1.5.9 Genetically Modified Tomato LGBTI+ Phobia Award Ceremony and Party

  • Time: 22:00
  • Venue: ROXY

First we squeeze some ketchup on the LGBTI+phobics of the year with
the award ceremony at 22:00, then we dance through the night on ROXY’s
dance floor.

1.6 Saturday, June 30

1.6.1 Workshop: Vegan Rainbow Cake

  • Time: 14:00- 16:00
  • Venue: Community Kitchen

Let’s make the best cake in the world. We will make it with all the
colors of rainbow and be fair to everyone. Then we’ll answer questions
about veganism while we eat our cakes. See you soon!

1.6.2 Panel: Being an Intersex Individual in the Shadow of a Medieval Mentality

  • Time: 15:00-17:00
  • Venue: Mecra

The speakers of this panel say “We are against doctors’ and families’
gender assignments, we are against surgeries for the sake of
society and ‘morality’ that completely ignore our body rights”. The
panel will focus on the medical interventions against the bodies of
intersex children without their consent, the dilemmas they go through
in their teenage years, the increasing awareness around the world
towards intersex individuals and its reflections in Turkey.

Speakers: Şerife, Caner

1.6.3 LGBTI+ Memory Walk

  • Time: 15:00-18:00
  • Venue: To Be Announced

LGBTI+ history is a field which has very few written sources. We want
to reveal a collective history by remembering and walking through the
city which has been home, work place and battlefield to LGBTI+
subjects. In order to do so, we add a LGBTI+ memory history walk to
the already existing memory walks focusing on gender and collective
memory. Why is Taksim still so important for the LGBTI+ activism? What
kind of struggles had taken place in Ülker Street or Gezi Park, what
is going on now? With this memory walk, we will seek answers while
focusing on the unwritten history of LGBTI+ history.

Event is limited to 15 people. To register, please email:
istanbulpride@gmail.com. The meeting point is to be announced later.

1.6.4 Don Quixote Pedals

  • Time: 16:00- 18:00
  • Venue: Kadıköy Ferry Port in Beşiktaş

So much has been written on love throughout history, battles were
fought, epics were written. When it came to “how” to love, lessons of
“morality” were taught. Such morality became a social movement. Yet
the only immorality was to love. We dress up in rainbow colors and get
on two wheels, with songs of riot and love. We come together with
those who really know how to love, shoulder to shoulder, pedal to
pedal.

Summer’s here, our tents are ready. We are a crowd that does not fit
Istanbul’s small bicycle lanes. Wipe the dust off your bike and join
us! We are meeting at Kadıköy Ferry Port in Beşiktaş to ride together
in the 26th Istanbul Pride Walk.

Get used to it! We have always been here and we will always be here!

1.6.5 Vegan Picnic

  • Time: 17:00- 20:00
  • Venue: Maçka Park

Just like we do every year, we are going to set up our picnic table,
share our food and have a nice chat. We want our picnic to be cheerful
as much as we want it to be fair towards animals, we want it to be
vegan. This can be a great opportunity for most of us to discover
vegan foods, both during the picnic and while we are preparing it.
Don’t just say “I don’t know how to make vegan food,” most of the food
we eat is already vegan. Come together to eat veggies and to have a
great conversation!

1.6.6 Movie Screening (Queer Fest): Feminista (60’)

  • Saat: 20:00-21:00
  • Yer: Mecra

Director: Myriam Fougère

Feminista is a feminist road movie, a journey to the heart of global
feminism. In 2015, Myriam Fougère joined a group of young activists
who had formed a caravan to travel across twenty European countries –
from Turkey to Portugal, by the way of the Balkans, to Italy and
Spain. As a breath of solidarity, Feminista provides a rare glimpse
into a widespread feminist groundswell movement, possibly one of the
largest, least understood and unrecognized mass political movements
that is very much alive throughout the world today.

1.6.7 Party

  • Time: 22:00-04:00
  • Venue: Citizen

1.7 Sunday, July 1

1.7.1 Pride March

  • Time: 17:00
  • Venue: Istiklal Avenue

1.7.2 Closing Party

  • Time: 22:00-04:00
  • Venue: ROXY

2 Venue Addresses

2.1 Adalet Sarayı

Çağlayan Mahallesi Vatan Caddesi No:1/B, Çağlayan, Kağıthane, İstanbul

2.2 Anadolu Adalet Sarayı

Esentepe Mahallesi, E-5 Güney Yan Yol Caddesi, No 39, Kartal, İstanbul

2.3 Arsen Lüpen

Şehit Muhtar Mahallesi İstiklal Caddesi Mis Sokak No:15, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

2.4 Beşiktaş’taki Kadıköy Vapur İskelesi

İskele Cad. Beşiktaş/İstanbul

2.5 Cezayir Toplantı Salonu

Hayriye Cad. 12 Galatasaray Beyoğlu/İstanbul

2.6 Citizen

Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Korsan Çıkmazı, No 2, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

2.7 Çıplak Ayaklar Kumpanyosu (Stüdyosu)

Firuzağa mah. Çukurcuma cad. No: 6/ 3 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

2.8 Community Kitchen

Şahkulu Mahallesi, Kumbaracı Yokuşu, No 57, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

2.9 Mecra

Caferağa Mahallesi, 5, Dumlupınar Sokak, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul

2.10 Orta Teras

Şehit Muhtar, Mis Sokak, No:5, Teras Kat, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

2.11 ROXY

Sıraselviler Cad. Aslanyatağı Sok. No:1-3 Taksim

2.12 SALT Galata:

Bankalar Caddesi No:11 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

2.13 SPOD Ofis

Katip Mustafa Çelebi Mahallesi İpek Sokak, Ateşler Binası No:2 D:4, Taksim, Beyoğlu

2.14 Şiddetsizlik Merkezi (Nonviolent Education and Research Center)

Kuloğlu Mah. Güllabici Sokak No: 16 D: 2/2 34433 Beyoğlu İstanbul

2.15 Şişli Belediyesi Merkez Poliklinik

Merkez, Abide-i Hürriyet Cd No:5 Şişli/İstanbul

2.16 TAK

Rasimpaşa Mah. Duatepe Sokak No: 61 Yeldeğirmeni Kadıköy

2.17 Üzüm

Şehit Muhtar, Mis Sokak, No:6, 3. Kat, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

2.18 ZİBA

Tomtom Mahallesi, Akarsu Sokak, No 10, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

 


Event Schedule in Org Mode Format

6th Izmir Pride March: Firmly, with determination and enthusiastically!

Hundreds of people were in Izmir for the sixth Pride March: for our rights and our loves!

Source: Gozde Demirbilek, “6. İzmir Onur Yürüyüşü: İnatla, kararlılıkla ve coşkuyla!”, Kaos GL, June 11, 2018,http://kaosgl.org/sayfa.php?id=26000

The sixth Pride March took place yesterday in Izmir with the participation of hundreds of people. LGTBI+ painted the streets of Alsancak with the colors of the rainbow for their rights, their identities and their loves. Flags and emblems of rainbows, bisexual, trans, intersex and asexual [people] were waved at the site.

The march started from the OSYM building the march went on to Kıbrıs Sehitleri Street. The press briefing by the Izmir Pride March Committee took place in front of the Türkan Saylan Cultural Center, just as in previous years.

“Once more and yet again we are marching; firmly, with determination and enthusiastically! We are not marching alone but all together! We will march today in spite of anyone who tries to take away our rights, our freedom, our feelings, our desires, our loves by calling our existence a sin, a crime or an illness. Those who do not fit into norms, those who don’t think they deserve to be loved, those who think there is something wrong with them… Today is the day to be who you are as you were. With this march each of us are beautiful in our uniqueness and even more beautiful together…”

“Don’t be ashamed and sad because you do not fit into gender norms and you do not desire who you are expected to desire! You are not to be blamed; those who hate you are to be blamed! You are not alone, don’t be afraid! Today we are gonna march trembling over fear; we are gonna walk over the pain and march inspire of the violence, the gate and the discrimination and destroy all of them. We are going to walk to a more beautiful world by walking under the rainbow.”

“Dear sister on the street, today we will be the sound of your high-heels. The lubunya (queers) in the suburbs: we will be your flower shirt! Those who are “inside”; we will raise our voice for you outside. Those of you who can’t be with us, we will shout out for what you’ve got piled up inside you. Those of you who are forcibly displaced; Welcome on board, in this march there is a spot for all of you! Those of you who are not with the living, we will shine the light of your souls. For those of you who survived, we will console each other!”

“Those of you who are discriminated against because of their sexual interests and identities; those of you who are discriminated against at school, home or work, in enlistment, camps, prisons… even though you are not with us today, we didn’t forget about you. We recognize each other by our wounds; we will be “you” today and march today; we will become each other’s voice and unite in marching for our rights and freedom.”

“We know how to march on no matter what gets in our way and even if we fall we know how to keep going by holding on to each other, by assisting and embracing one another and by never ever leaving the other alone. We march with pride!”

After the press briefing the march went on to Kordon. The march proceeded enthusiastically and affectionately. After a brief rest the fun continued with the After-Pride Party and Dudakların Cengi.

Fear of losing job prevents reporting discrimination

According to the report titled “LGBTI+ Individuals Employed in the Private Sector”; LGBTI+ employees can’t access their rights against discrimination because they fear they may lose their jobs and face new problems if they reveal their gender identity.

Source: “Fear of losing job prevents reporting discrimination(“İşini kaybetme korkusu ayrımcılığı bildirmeyi engelliyor”), Yıldız Tar, kaosgl.org, April 20, 2018, http://kaosgl.org/sayfa.php?id=25639

A recently published report by Kaos GL focuses on “the situation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Individuals employed in the private sector in 2017”.

This report reveals that only 17% of the LGBTI+ employees are completely ‘out’ and 65% of them had to either deal with discrimination in the workplace or had to hide their identity. In addition to statistical figures, the LGBTI+ employees’ stories and testimonies are also included in the report. These explanations unveil what they have experienced in the private sector.

The participants were asked questions like: “Did you inform the union or the judicial authorities about the discriminatory incidents you’ve been exposed to? How did the process go/develop? If you didn’t, why?”

According to the survey, the authorities were not notified of any incident involving direct or indirect discrimination, a potential discriminatory environment or the need for supportive intervention.

“Fear of losing jobs and the possibility of having to pay a higher cost prevent reporting discrimination.”

In the survey, the situation is explained like this:

“Generally speaking, the attitude represented by our participants against discrimination at the workplace is consistent with the results of our last year’s survey. LGBTI+ employees can’t seek their rights against discrimination because they may lose their jobs, there is the possibility of having to pay a higher cost, fear of revealing their gender identity, the difficulties they may face out of work and other similar reasons. A significant finding is the lack of belief in protecting institutions regarding the protection of their rights against discrimination for LGBTI+ employees. The reason behind this can be the inadequacy in either institutional or legal approaches. For many LGBTI+ employees struggling with discrimination in the workplace may result in severe discrimination or in some situations for them to experience anxiety outside of the workplace and means that many remain silent.

The stories: I didn’t apply, because…

The testimonies in this research reveal the difficulties LGBTI+ employees experience when reporting a discriminative act:

“I made a report to the company’s management. I continued being exposed to transphobia; but unfortunately, I chose to keep quiet because I was afraid I’d lose my job.” (a heterosexual trans man working as an expert in the construction/architecture sector)

“I think it’s pointless to report such incident because we are working for the bosses in the union that I’m affiliated with.” (a gay man working as a worker in the food industry)

“No, in such situation my family would find out too.” (a gay man working as service staff in the entertainment industry)

“I didn’t apply because I don’t believe I can get a result out of it and the law of this country is not equal for everybody.” (a bisexual man working as service staff in the retail sector)

Having to hide oneself is discrimination too

Here are some examples of the responses of the participants who declared that in order not be exposed to discrimination they had to hide their gender identity:

“Should we report or continue hiding? Even if the authorities were informed, it is not hard to guess how painful the procedure would be and how one would be dragged into disappointment.” (a bisexual woman working as a specialist in the health sector)

“I didn’t inform the judicial authorities because I thought I didn’t have enough information and that the result wouldn’t be positive.” (a gay man working as a middle-level manager in an NGO)

“Even if I face it, I don’t think I can find a solution.” (a lesbian woman working as an assistant specialist in banking/finance sector)

The research for 2018 has started.

Work on the questionnaire for 2018’s report has started. This year the study is being conducted together with the Centre for Gender and Women’s Research at Kadir Has University.

This questionnaire consists of 24 questions and promises confidentiality for LGBTI+ employees. This questionnaire does not ask for a name or the company’s name and provides a better understanding of the specific priorities and needs of LGBTI+ employees and companies which take up the cause for gender mainstreaming.

After this information is analysed, an evaluation report will be prepared by comparing it with similar examples in the USA and Germany.

The comparative report will create information on awareness raising and capacity building activities for the private sector and civil society. The report will also provide encourage the development of employment gender equality policies for LGBTI+ employees.

Police brutality against trans individuals in Izmir

Last night, in Alsancak, Izmir, police officers forcefully detained 2 trans individuals after telling them “you can’t sit here”.

Source: “Police brutality against trans individuals in Izmir” (“İzmir’de translara polis şiddeti”), Gözde Demirbilek, kaosgl.org, May 9, 2018, http://kaosgl.org/sayfa.php?id=25777

In Izmir, police continue to siege the Alsancak neighbourhood.  Based on the information given by the neighbourhood residents, around 23:00 law enforcement officials took 2 trans women who were sitting in a bakery on Azra Has Street (Bornova Street) to the police station; forcefully and without justification.

After the police detained these women and took their statements, they were fined and released.

The women contacted Kerem Dikmen, a lawyer from Kaos GL and told him how law enforcement officers have been putting the neighbourhood under siege, and how the police are suffocating the trans individuals living in this area.

De facto Unlawful Detention!

Kerem Dikmen pointed out that the administrative fine has become something arbitrary; he said:

“It’s an exception when the one sentenced to pay fines detained by the police, even though this is not stipulated by the law; the sanctions that are imposed on trans women are not being carried out according to the law. There is no difference in clarity by the law between penalising a car driver’s speeding crimes and a trans individual on the street. Considering that it is not necessary to go to the police station for the fine to be issued, such implementation can turn into actual unlawful detention.”

“The area under siege is where trans individuals live and work. Living and working in the same neighbourhood is natural and therefore incidents like this happen while they are shopping from stores in their own neighbourhood. It is not lawfully applicable to sentence someone to pay fines as long as there is no indicated misdemeanour crime.”

 

Women’s and LGBTI organization calls for a boycott against Flormar and Yves Rocher products

94 women’s and LGBTI+ organizations announced an active boycott campaign against Flormar and Yves Rocher products. Flormar has recently fired 115 workers after they joined the Petrol-İş Union in an attempt to improve their working conditions. 5 more workers were fired after applauding their friends’ protests. The workers have been protesting for 22 days [as of June 4th], outside the Flormar factory at the Gebze Organized Industry Site. In response, there have been calls to boycott Flormar and Yves Rocher (which owns a majority of Flormar’s shares) and for protests to be staged in local Flormar stores. There is also an ongoing social media campaign to support the workers, with the hashtag #FlormarDeğilDirenişGüzelleştirir (Resistance makes you beautiful, not Flormar).

94 organizations including KaosGL, Halkevci Kadınlar, Mersin Yedi Renk LGBTI, İstanbul LGBTI+ Solidarity Association, Muamma LGBTI+ Initiative,  Kuir Eskişehir Lgbti Group, LezBiFem, have sent letters to managers of Flormar Turkey and Groupe Rocher.

Here is what they wrote:

“To the management of Flormar Turkey and Groupe Rocher,

The FLORMAR company located at the Gebze Organized Industry Region has fired 120 workers, most of which are women, due to their unionization in May! Union membership is clearly defined as a right, not only by national but also international conventions: Article 51 of the Constitution, Article 23 of Universal Convention of Human Rights, Article 31 or Union Law No. 6356, ILO Agreement No. 87, Article 5 of European Social Charter… All of these laws define our right to unionize and Flormar’s action is illegal as workers were fired due to unionization. Flormar management has not only fired workers but also sought to cut off the means of communication between the workers outside and inside the factory.

Many female workers have been persistent in their resistance since May 15th and want to return to work as union members. Among the demands of the workers are a salary that affords a humane living and further steps towards improving workers’ health and security. Flormar is utterly insincere when it uses the tagline “We can do everything if we want to” in their commercials, while recklessly firing workers for exercising their constitutional rights and supporting their friends!  How can Yves Rocher, which acquired 51% of Flormar’s shares and brags about being nature friendly, explain its hostile attitudes towards the workers? Can the major shareholder support the unconstitutional acts of its firm while France [where Yve Rocher is registered] supports the right to unionize? Will it remain silent to this breach in a different part of the world?

 

We, the signatories of this letter, would like to indicate that we will not be using Flormar or Yves Rocher products and actively organize a boycott campaign against these companies until all of the 120 workers are reinstated. We will not allow you to fire women demanding their rights while shamelessly marketing a strong female image to increase consumption. We are not consuming your products until all workers are reinstated and their demands are met. We know that if we stop, the world stops with us!”

The full list of signatory organizations is below:

78’liler Girişiminden Kadınlar, Anarşist Kadınlar, Ankara Tabip Odası KHKS Komisyonu, Atakent Kadın Meclisi , Ayvalık Bağımsız Kadın İnisiyatifi, Barış İçin Kadın Akademisyenler, Bodrum Kadın Dayanışma Derneği, Cinsel Şiddetle Mücadele Derneği, Çiğli Evka 2 Kadın Kültür Evi Derneği, Demir Leblebi Kadın Derneği, Deriteks Sendikasından Kadınlar, DİSK Basın-İş’li Kadınlar , DİSK Birleşik Metal-İş Sendikası Kadın Komisyonu, DİSK Genel-İş’ten Kadınlar, Dünya Kadın Yürüyüşü Türkiye Koordinasyonu, Ekmek ve Gül, Emek ve Adalet Platformu’ndan Kadınlar, EMEP’li Kadınlar, Erzincan Katre Kadın Oluşumu, Esenyalı Kadın Dayanışma Derneği , Eskişehir Tabip Odası Kadın Komisyonu, Eşit Yaşam Derneği, EŞİTİZ (Eşitlik İzleme Kadın Grubu), FeminAmfi, Feminist Çukurova, Fethiye Kadın Danışma Dayanışma Derneği, Foça Barış Kadınları, GEN-DER Toplumsal Cinsiyet Çalışmaları Kolektifi, Gülsuyu Gülensu Kadın Dayanışma Evi, Halkevci Kadınlar, HDK Kadın Meclisi, HDP İstanbul Kadın Meclisi, İlerici Kadınlar Meclisi, İmece Ev İşçileri Sendikası, İstanbul LGBTİ +Dayanışma derneği, İstanbul Tabip Odası Kadın Komisyonu, İstanbul Üniversitesi Kadın Hakları  Kulübü , İzmir Kadın Dayanışma Derneği, Kadın Cinayetlerini Durduracağız Platformu, Kadın Dayanışma Vakfı, Kadın Emeği Kolektifi, Kadın Meclisleri, Kadın Savunma Ağı, Kadın Yazarlar Derneği, Kadın Cinayetlerine Karşı Acil Önlem Grubu, Kadına Şiddete Karşı Müslümanlar Inisiyatifi , Kadının İnsan Hakları- Yeni Çözümler Derneği, Kadınlarla Dayanışma Vakfı (KADAV), Kadın Partisi, Kampüs Cadıları, Kaos GL Derneği, KEİG, KESK Kadın Meclisi, Kırkyama Kadın Dayanışması, Kızkardeşim Kadın Dayanışma Derneği, Kirmizi Biber Dernegi, Kocaeli Kadın Platformu, Körfez Bağımsız Kadın Dayanışması, Kuir Eskişehir Lgbti Topluluğu, Kuzey Ormanları Savunması Kadınları, Lezbiyen Biseksüel Feministler ( LezBiFem), Lotus Kadın Dayanışma ve Yaşam Derneği , Maltepeli Kadınlar, Mardin Tabip Odası KHKS Komisyonu, Mersin LGBT Yedi Renk Derneği, Mersin Tabip Odasi KHKS komisyonu, Mezopotamya Kadın Kooperatifi, Mor Dayanışma, Muamma Futbol Takımı, Muamma LGBTİ+ İnisiyatifi, Muğla Emek Benim Kadın Derneği, Muğla Karya Kadın Derneği, Nar Kadın Dayanışması, Sosyal Dayanışma Ağı SODA, Sosyal Haklar Derneği’nden Kadınlar , Sosyalist Kadın Meclisleri, Sosyalist Yeniden Kuruluş Partisi Kadın Meclisi, Tevgera Jinên Azad , Tez- Koop- İş Sendikası Kadın Dergisi, TGS Kadın ve LGBTİ Komisyonu, TMMOB İstanbul İKK Kadın Komisyonu, TMMOB İzmir İKK Kadın Çalışma Grubu, Toplumsal Dayanışma için Psikologlar Derneği Kadın Komisyonu, Tuzluçayır Kadınları Dayanışma Derneği, Türk Tabipleri Birliği Kadın hekimlik ve Kadın Sağlığı Kolu, Uçan Süpürge Kadın İletişim ve Araştırma Derneği, Üniversite Kadın Meclisleri, Üniversiteli Kadın Kolektifi, Yaşam Evi Kadın Dayanışma Derneği, Yeni Demokrat Kadın, Yeniyol’dan Kadınlar, Yeşil Feministler, Yeşil Sol Kadınlar, Yoğurtçu Kadın Forumu.

(This article is compiled from news published on sendika.org and bianet websites.)

#mynameisayda

A group of LGBTI+ activists have published a statement regarding the recent attacks on LGBTI+ refugees in Yalova. A social media campaign was launched with the hashtag #mynameisayda. The group has opened a Twitter account called “My name is Ayda” and explained the attacks as the following:

OUR CALL regarding the mob lynches and hatred against LGBTI+ asylum seekers in Yalova and across Turkey:

On May 30 our friend Ayda, a trans woman, was assaulted by the residents of her district in Yalova and she was hospitalized. Ayda left her home county due to transphobia, yet she has become the target of the same transphobic acts and discourses here in Turkey. As we were preparing this text, another friend of ours, a gay asylum seeker, was threatened in the middle of the street with a knife.  

This is not the first attack against LGBTI+ asylum seekers in Yalova, but previous incidents were met with silence. This time we will not remain silent to these rights violations. We will  make our voices heard by the Human Rights Association (İnsan Hakları Derneği) and the United Nations as we seek justice for Ayda as well as for previous cases of violence. We will be using the hashtag #mynameisayda on Sunday (June 3) at 21:00, tagging @UNHumanRights and @UN.

We would like you to join our call by sharing messages publicly with the hashtag.

Together we raise our voices against acts of hatred and violence against our LGBTI friends.

AYDA IS NOT ALONE!

ASYLUM SEEKING LGBTI INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT ALONE!

WITH SOLIDARITY,

 

After the call, the group published an update about the incident, stating that seven of the attackers were detained following the social media campaign. The group wrote: “we would like to thank all of you but our struggle will continue until all LGBTI asylum seekers are safe and our demands are met.”

 

To follow the account and join the campaign, see Mynameisayda

Social Service Specialists to Nihat Hatipoglu: “The Expert Opinion” You Provided is Wrong!

When asked for his opinion by a viewer who said  “I was born a woman; I feel like I’m a man”, theologian Hatipoğlu responded: “You have to control your will.” Social service specialists demanded that theologian Hatipoglu correct his statement following the incident.

Source:  “Social service specialists to Nihat Hatipoglu: ‘the expert opinion’ you provided is wrong!” (Sosyal Hizmet Uzmanlarından Nihat Hatipoğlu’na: Verdiğin “Uzman” Bilgisi Yanlış), bianet, May, 24,2018, https://bianet.org/bianet/lgbti/197474-sosyal-hizmet-uzmanlarindan-nihat-hatipoglu-na-verdigin-uzman-bilgisi-yanlis

Social service specialists published a statement, asking the theology professor Nihat Hatipoglu to correct his mistake conflating sexual identity with sexual orientation.

Hatipoglu was in a live broadcast in Sultanahmet Square for a Ramadan program while he was answering peoples’ questions, one asked: “I was born a woman but I feel myself a man and I like women.”

Hatipoglu replied: “You’re a woman, you were born a woman. This is a test for you and you have to struggle with it. It’s not your desire, but your belief and your mind you must surrender to.”

The Association of Social Service Specialists (SHU-Der) branches in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir and Diyarbakir, together with Kaos GL and Genc LGBTI+’s Social Services Studies Groups made a joint declaration and have asked Hatipoglu to amend his statement.

The social service specialists said: “The responsibilities of specialists must be recognized, while the ones who have these responsibilities must leave behind their biases/prejudices. We want Nihat Hatipoglu to correct the statement he has made; reminding him that his ‘expert’ opinions were wrong, he should ask for the expertise of psychologists who are working with LGBTI individuals as well as social service specialists.”

The press statement follows below:

“We all know that in 1990 on 17th of May, homosexuality was declassified from the list of International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization.

Because of society’s heteronormative perspective on LGBTI individuals’ sexual identity and sexual orientation, they are facing many problems such as being rejected, misunderstood, repressed, censored, as well as the violation of their fundamental rights.

Lecturer Doc. Koray Basar from Hacettepe University stated on Kaos GL website: “such prejudices from doctors or theologians disguised as ‘expert opinions’ will only turn the lives of the people and their loved ones to hell. Experts have to know their responsibilities and should not let the prejudices take over their responsibilities.”

“As a result of hate crimes, LGBTI individuals are deprived of their most fundamental rights, the right to live and and as such they face difficulties in accessing social services, employment, education, accommodation and healthcare. Problems LGBTI individuals experience in these domains render them potential recipients of social services and psychological counseling.”

“Human rights and social justice are the basis of social service work. Within this framework, based on human rights, the fight against discrimination based on race, ethnicity, nationality, skin colour, gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation, marital status, political opinion, religious belief and mental or physical disability; is one of the responsibilities of this job. Therefore, we demand that Nihat Hatipoglu correct the statement he has made; and we remind him that his “expert” opinions were wrong. Hatipoglu should ask for the opinion of psychologists and other social service specialists who working with LGBTI individuals.”

“In spite of the limited capacity of public services due to a lack of policies, we want to remind that social service specialists and psychologists are here to assist all LGBTI individuals to protect their rights, to provide the psychosocial support they need until a better model is developed to protect against discrimination.”