59 Deputies From Republican People's Party (CHP) Request LGBT Rights Inquiry

Published: February 15, 2013

Republican People’s Party (CHP) requested an inquiry yesterday from the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM) to find solutions for the problems of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The request for the inquiry was prepared by ?stanbul deputy of CHP, Binnaz Toprak and signed by 59 CHP deputies, including Toprak. 

CHP demanded legal protection on sexual orientation and gender identity and highlighted hate crimes and discrimination LGBTs face at the workplace, police violence, stigmatization and discrimination.
The request points at a political context that disregards LGBTs and states that the request aims at “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens of the Turkish Republic [being able] to express their identities as freely as any other citizen.”
The inquiry underlined that the Law on Protection of Family and Prevention of Violence Against Women does not include the term “sexual orientation and gender identity” and the opposition party’s bid for the inclusion of the term was rejected by the ruling party AKP.

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