LGBT gains recognition from government for first time

Published: September 21, 2011

Minister of Family and Social Policy Fatma ?ahin, who met with civil society organizations on Wednesday to discuss violence against women, also invited a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender [LGBT] organization  to the meeting, the first time the LGBT community has been represented at a meeting organized by the government.

Belgin Çelik from LGBT organization the Pink Life Association expressed her gratitude to Minister ?ahin and told reporters following the meeting that she had submitted a proposal for the acceptance of homosexual, bisexual and transgender individuals in the new constitution that Parliament plans to draft in the coming legislative year.

?ahin encouraged the proposal, saying, “We would like to actively work with you and your participation and suggestions will help us learn and acknowledge the problems you face.”

Calling on members of Parliament to handle the proposal positively, which concerns gender identity and sexual orientation, ?ahin asserted that “if freedom and equality is for everybody, then sexual orientation discrimination should be eliminated and rights of these [LGBT] citizens should be recognized."

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