LGBTI NEWS TURKEY Week in Review: April 12-19, 2015

April 15, 20015, Opposition CHP Leader Kılıçdaroğlu Responds to Questions on LGBTI Equality

Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, the Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader, sent supportive messages with regards to marriage equality in Ekşi Sözlük [a Turkish online collaborative ‘wikitionary,’ similar to an informal Wikipedia] yesterday night during an IaMA session. Kılıçdaroğlu had previously claimed that “society is not yet ready for a homosexual leader” two years earlier in December 2013, addressing the same community.

April 19, 2015, Erdoğan Finds Fine Too Low in “Faggot” Case, Gets 10 Thousand Liras Extra

LGBTI activist and lawyer Levent Pişkin will pay President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan another 10 thousand liras in fines because of his “fag” tweet for which he was already convicted last year.

April 19, 2015, Gay and trans candidates to run for parliament seat in Turkey’s general elections

Political parties in Turkey announced their candidate lists for the upcoming parliamentary election. The pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party nominated 3 LGBTI activists as candidates, albeit from lower positions. A trans activist was also nominated as a candidate for the newly founded Anatolia Party.

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