We are insistent in our demand to include “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” in the Constitution’s article on “equality”
As the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) movement, we have been sharing our demand to include the expressions “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Constitution’s article on “equality” with decision-makers and the public since 2001. We have organized campaigns and explained our demands to NGOs and political parties in the effort to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity at a Constitutional level and for the recognition of LGBTI people as equal citizens. The Constitution’s article on equality exists to protect the rights of individuals against social discrimination. Obscure terms such as “general morality” and “disparity from the Turkish family structure” in the Constitution of 12 September 1980 coup cause the extortion of our rights. We are struggling to ensure the protection of our fundamental rights and to make sure these rights do not fall prey to the biases of legal administrators.