LGBTI Activism

LGBTI rights movement in Turkey

Istanbul Pride Week 2018 Event Schedule

Table of Contents

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

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

Hasan Atik: “I will represent our demand to live as equal citizens”

Hasan Atik, an LGBTI+ rights advocate running for a seat in the Turkish Parliament as the 4th candidate on the ballot list from the People’s Democratic Party answered Kaos GL’s questions.

Source: “Hasan Atik: ‘I will represent our demand to live as equal citizens’ “ (Hasan Atik: “Eşit yurttaşlık temelinde yaşam talebimizi dile getireceğim”), Yıldız Tar, kaosgl.org, May 27,2018, http://kaosgl.org/sayfa.php?id=25904

How did you decide to become a candidate? Was your candidacy as a gay politician in HDP supported?

I have assumed duties in various levels of HDP. In every position I have worked in complete harmony with my party and my colleagues. HDP exists in all colors. When I decided to apply for the candidacy, my fellow party members supported me both at the centre of the party and in local branches and they continue to support me.

You are running for a seat in the parliament from a place which will not elect you. Yet, as far as we know, you are the only open gay candidate. What are your plans for the election campaigns?

It was my request to be a candidate from Edirne. I believe I can be more beneficial for my party in Edirne. No member of HDP is in this election just for a seat, we care about our party. I will continue rights advocacy during the election campaign. I will continue to work for equal citizenship not only for one identity but for all identities. For me, my candidacy is not a means to an end but the end itself; the aim for equal and free citizenship for all peoples of Turkey.

Unfortunately, we live in a country where LGBTI+ rights are not maintained. As an MP candidate, what are your demands regarding the LGBTI+ rights?

Our most urgent demand is the right to live. Equal citizenship, freedom, equality in access to accommodation and employment are also among are demands. I will fight for the legal recognition of hate crime. I will be a strong defender for our demand to live not underdiscrimination but under equal citizenship.

Aside from LGBTI+ rights advocacy, you also advocate  for HIV/AIDS related rights and give counseling on the matter. How will you carry this struggle of yours to political arena?

HIV/AIDS is a pressing matter in Turkey. The state does not have a preventive approach, aside from providing treatment. We will first fight to have sexual health training in the national education syllabi. Then we will educate the society against HIV-phobia. We will fight against stigmatization and discrimination, which are dominant tendencies in Turkey.

Our purpose is to ensure that the Turkish state belongs to everyone living inside our borders. We aim to govern this country by sharing our authority with all segments of the society, all peoples of Turkey. Together, we will rebuild Turkey into a more democratic and livable country. We will win.

 

Istanbul Pride Week 2018 and What You Can Do to Support

As Istanbul Pride Week turns 26 this year, pride volunteers once more call for your support to organize the celebrations through June 25- July 1. Pride Week in Istanbul is organized solely by volunteer effort and crowdsourcing. On the second year of the state of emergency in Turkey and amidst bans against LGBTI+ assemblies and demonstrations, Istanbul Pride Week grows stronger and your support is ever more important for the LGBTI+ community in Turkey. Here is some information on how Pride has been celebrated in Turkey recently and what you can do to support the LGBTI+ community of Turkey.

What’s going on?

Over the last couple of years, Pride March has been taking place amidst police intervention and bans. Last year, both LGBTI+ and Trans Pride Marches in Istanbul were banned by the  governorship, followed by a governorship ban against all LGBTI+ related events in Ankara, which had led to bans in other cities.

Despite the bans and oppression, the LGBTI+ community in Turkey is very much alive and active. The associations continue their work and struggle for equality and freedom for all LGBTI+ individuals in all realms of social life. However, most of their work, including the organization of Pride Week is voluntary and requires financial support.

What is the crowdsourcing for?

The donations gathered by crowdsourcing will be used for the costs of events organized within the scope of Pride Week. These are film screenings, panels, forums and exhibitions. This year’s theme for Pride Week is “boundaries”, the theme will be the guiding concept for these events. You may see detailed information on how this budget will be spent on this link.

What else can I do to support Pride Week in Istanbul?

If you cannot make a donation or if you would like to support Pride Week in other ways, we say: Sharing is caring! You can share the crowdsourcing link on your social media accounts to help Pride volunteers reach more people and raise awareness in your own community. You can also follow the updates through Pride Week’s facebook page and our page. Keep in mind that messages of solidarity are always meaningful and empowering for volunteers and activists,  be it on twitter  or banners in your local Pride celebrations. It’s the thought that counts!

(Photo collage: Natali Arslan)

26.ISTANBUL LGBTI+ PRIDE WEEK CALLS FOR SUPPORT

Last year, the Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week was comprised of over 50 events organized with a crowded group of volunteers. This year too, Pride Week is being organized through crowdfunding and awaits everyone’s support.
Every year, the Istanbul LGBTI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Plus) Pride Week is organized by an independent group of volunteers responding to an annual call and modelled on an anti-hierarchical solidarity maintained each year with a new boost of energy. This year the 26. Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week will take place between June 25 – July 1, 2018.

Like previous years, this year’s Pride Week volunteers invite everyone to support the organization through crowdsourcing in order to cover the expenses. Those willing to support the Pride Week can join the campaign on the Indiegogo website and donate the amount of their choosing.

Pride Week Volunteers say “Even though we were not able to realize our walk due to the police intervention last year, we did come together in different places across the city through Pride Week activities and strengthened our struggle by coming into contact with each other. This year too, we need your support to come together and to organize our activities in spite of all the bans and of the shadow cast by these bans”.

We proudly declare the theme for 26.Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week which is to take place between June 25- July 1 in its 26th year, in spite of incessant bans and increasing pressure: Boundaries!

We call on to you to discuss, rethink, talk about and to enhance the meaning of the word “boundary”, a word which we approach within the boundaries of thinking and writing.  We make this call because we do not accept the boundaries drawn against our identities, orientations and existences. We come together, rising from the spaces we are sought to be constrained in, by those who isolate us from the public space saying “Do whatever you want, but behind closed doors”. We know how important it is to erase the boundaries put against love, pleasure and sharing; in spite of those who remain silent to harassment, rape, torture, and violence which recklessly roam the streets.

We make this call because we want society to be aware of the intersex individuals whose bodies are violated in their early ages, in an effort to make them “fit” the social norms. We stand against those who restrain us within the boundaries of the binary gender regime to protect their own power positions, we say “we are here” against those who avert their gaze from us, thinking we are “different”.   We show that countless queer gender identities and sexual orientations exist, against the boundaries that limit the number of the identities, orientations and existences. We shout out that asexuals, aromantics and many others exist.

We make this call, because we are aware of the destruction caused by the ongoing war beyond the boundaries of our country and we want to stand against the boundaries drawn by the nationalist, racist and colonialist states.  We want to talk about the invisible boundaries of racism and xenophobia that come between us and our migrant friends, who have past beyond these boundaries drawn by the states through myriad struggles. We want to render the psychological and physical problems the boundaries cause visible.  We want to share the pride we feel for our identities with migrants, ethnic minorities and all those from different nations. We shout out that on our dates and in our relationships, our boundaries apply, not those drawn by the patriarchy. We lift the boundaries set for the number of our partners and lovers.

In Istanbul we protest the Governorship of Ankara’s ban against LGBTI+ activities for an indefinite period,  and we mock their boundaries. As we have been saying for the last 25 years: We do not want the ghettos we are imprisoned in but the entire cities! To those who think they can put boundaries on our solidarity and resistance by incarcerating many trans friends like Diren who made her voice heard by her hunger strike, demanding a humane treatment in prison, we raise our voices with our hunger and our letters. We win back the pride of a dignified life.

This year in Pride Week, want to make invisible boundaries seen and to fight with all our might against these boundaries set to the advantage of those in power. We are fully confident that we can set our own boundaries against those who foster the hate speech against our lives, our bodies, our feelings, and that we will break their unbounded confidence.

What’s on Istanbul LGBTI+ Pride Week?

In the past Istanbul Pride Week has been organized under various themes, such as Caution! Family, Taboo, Memory, Resistance, Contact, Normal, What’s Between Us. Throughout the Pride Week, we will seek different methods of resistance and ways of building a stronger solidarity with forums, panels and film screenings focused on the subjects of  the LGBTI+ movement’s agenda.

Through the week, within the scope of public and free events, there will be panels, workshops, film screenings, theater plays, picnics and a gathering of LGBTI+ organizations from other cities. Activists, LGBTI+ organization representatives, MPs, representatives of foreign consulates as well MPs and activists from abroad will attend the events as participants and speakers.

This year as it turns 14, Genetically Modified Tomato Awards will make a public call to vote for the most LGBTI+phobic discourses.
Pride Week says “We are missing without you!” and invites you to donate for support through the link.

 

Istanbul Pride Week 2018 and What You Can Do to Support

As Istanbul Pride Week turns 26 this year, pride volunteers once more call for your support to organize the celebrations through June 25- July 1. Pride Week in Istanbul is organized solely by volunteer effort and crowdsourcing. On the second year of the state of emergency in Turkey and amidst bans against LGBTI+ assemblies and demonstrations, Istanbul Pride Week grows stronger and your support is ever more important for the LGBTI+ community in Turkey. Here is some information on how Pride has been celebrated in Turkey recently and what you can do to support the LGBTI+ community of Turkey.

What’s going on?

Over the last couple of years, Pride March has been taking place amidst police intervention and bans. Last year, both LGBTI+ and Trans Pride Marches in Istanbul were banned by the  governorship, followed by a governorship ban against all LGBTI+ related events in Ankara, which had led to bans in other cities.

Despite the bans and oppression, the LGBTI+ community in Turkey is very much alive and active. The associations continue their work and struggle for equality and freedom for all LGBTI+ individuals in all realms of social life. However, most of their work, including the organization of Pride Week is voluntary and requires financial support.

What is the crowdsourcing for?

The donations gathered by crowdsourcing will be used for the costs of events organized within the scope of Pride Week. These are film screenings, panels, forums and exhibitions. This year’s theme for Pride Week is “boundaries”, the theme will be the guiding concept for these events. You may see detailed information on how this budget will be spent on this link.

What else can I do to support Pride Week in Istanbul?

If you cannot make a donation or if you would like to support Pride Week in other ways, we say: Sharing is caring! You can share the crowdsourcing link on your social media accounts to help Pride volunteers reach more people and raise awareness in your own community. You can also follow the updates through Pride Week’s facebook page and our page. Keep in mind that messages of solidarity are always meaningful and empowering for volunteers and activists,  be it on twitter  or banners in your local Pride celebrations. It’s the thought that counts!

(Photo collage: Natali Arslan)