First umbrella LGBTI organisation to fight homophobia in Turkey

A new umbrella organisation has been established in Turkey to encourage LGBTI websites, groups and organisations to work together to fight homophobia and transphobia in the Islamic country that straddles Europe and Asia.

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TURKEY LGBTI UNION has been in existence for just two months and was created to ensure unity and solidarity among LGBTI groups, websites and organisations in Turkey.

Burçin Bordanacı from Turkey LGBTI Union, said: “Because Turkey is an Islamic country, although not in the same league as Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iraq in its vehemently anti-LGBTI stance, there is need for togetherness and solidarity among LGBTI groups to counter the homophobia and transphobia that exists in Turkey today.”

The new organisation, is based in the Turkish capital of Ankara and was founded by gay activist Nikopol who in 2006 was instrumental in forming the Turk Gay Club, an LGBTI community club dedicated to safeguarding the rights of the LGBTI community in Turkey and helping individuals come together and meet in a safe environment.

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