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Murdered transgender woman latest victim of anti-LGBT violence in Turkey

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

AYDIN, Turkey — Police in Aydin, Turkey are investigating the murder of a 24-year-old transgender woman who was stabbed to death at her home on Tuesday.

Dora Özer was found dead by her housemate, and is the latest victim of a spate of transphobic violence in the country.

Dora Özer

Last year another trans woman, Nükhet Kızılkaya, was murdered in the same province of Kuşadası, a popular holiday resort in Western Turkey.

Human rights Watch (HRW) reported in 2010 that there has been several transphobic murders in the country, and has called on the Turkish government to take action to prosecute and legislate against discrimination and violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

However, Turkey’s government has said it has no plans to include such measures in its new constitution.

LGBT rights advocates have asked Turkey’s Ministry of Family and Social Policies for a statement, but so far they say no response was forthcoming.

Local gay rights organizations, KAOS GL and Pink Life LGBTT condemned the Turkish government’s reluctance to tackle transphobic violence at large stating that murderers of trans people rarely face justice and on the rare occasion that they do they receive lenient punishment because judges often find they have been “unjustly provoked”.

Buse Kılıçkaya, a trans activist from Pink Life LGBTT Association stated that the issue of trans murders should be taken seriously.

Kılıçkaya also pointed parallels between the popular anti government Gezi Park protests in Istanbul and trans struggle, saying that in both cases the “resistance to violence is no different.”

The organizations said they are planning protests condemning transphobia and hate crimes will be held in the cities of İstanbul, İzmir and Eskişehir this Friday starting at 6 pm local time.

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11 more reader comments:

  1. Why do Bad things happen 2 Good People,Why ??

    Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 10:55pm
  2. fuckin horrible

    Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 10:59pm
  3. Sad :(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:02pm
  4. she was soooooooooooo beautiful! bet she was beautiful inside out too =( so sad…

    Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:03pm
  5. Fucken disgusting news!Why can`t people live and let live!

    Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:03pm
  6. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:04pm
  7. Terrible :(

    Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:16pm
  8. so sad some people have to act like animals and do harm..condolances to his family

    Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 11:21pm
  9. Wow….just wow. Fucking awful

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:09am
  10. saddened

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 12:53am
  11. yikes……..I hate this……….the public REALLY needs to be educated about transgenderism ( which occurs in species other than our own as well). Educating the public may sound trite………but it can be an important catalyst to help shift public opinion

    Posted on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 2:42am