Ed Team

Nobody will ask questions

Filed By Ed Team | April 06, 2010 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Demet Demir, hate crimes against LGBT people, Islamic values, nationalism, Turkey

"[Turkey has had a] rise in nationalism, Islamic values, poverty, and unemployment in the past seven or eight years. In such a climate, homosexuals and transsexuals are easy targets. Assailants think that nobody will ask questions and that they won't risk heavy penalties if they kill a transsexual."

-- Demet Demir, a "transsexual and leading activist from Istanbul-LGBTT," about the state of LGBT rights in Turkey. According to Demir, two transgender people and three gay men were murdered in the country in February alone. (Hat tip to Projector Aaron.)

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