Yeni Akit: “CHP Proposes Pervert Minister” and “CHP Youth Visits Lesbians”

TN: On 11 October 2013, conservative Turkish daily newspaper Yeni Akit and its online edition reported the Republican People’s Party’s Youth Organization’s visit to the Black Pink Triangle LGBT Initiative with the headings “CHP Proposes Pervert Minister” and “CHP Youth Visits Lesbians” respectively.

Source: Sinan Kaya, “CHP’den Sapkin Vekil Talebi,” (“CHP Proposes Pervert Minister,”) Yeni Akit, 11 October 2013,

“CHP’li Gençlerden Lezbiyenlere Ziyaret,” (“CHP Youth Visits Lesbians,”) Habervaktim, 11 October 2013,

The General Vice President of the CHP Youth Organization Nazli Kiran, the president of the Izmir CHP Youth Organization İbrahim Soydan, the vice presidents Tuğçe Onbaşı, Zeynep Arca, Deniz Mert Hancı and Mahsun Kazan visited the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual organization Black Pink Triangle LGBT Initiative.

They Did Not Like the Democracy Package

The Black Pink Triangle member Demet Yanardağ said they were not surprised that the hate crime legislation in the democracy package does not include them. “A package that only includes Islamophobia and the headscarf issue is not right. If a woman wears the headscarf, people give their seat on a public bus. Because she is considered a “sister” by society, men protect her. There is a different perception if the woman is not wearing a headscarf, wears make-up and a décolleté.  We want a trans parliamentary member in order to voice our problems.”

“We will ensure that your problems are conveyed to the Assembly”

The president of the Izmir CHP Youth Organization İbrahim Soydan stated that they founded a commission that will hear the problems of disadvantaged and discriminated groups in society and will offer solutions to them. “As the Commission for Equality and Human Rights, we will listen to the troubles of people with disabilities, of minorities, of non-Muslims and of senior citizens. The commission will ensure that unjust treatments are discussed in detail to offer solutions and that they are conveyed to the Assembly.”

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