Jan 21, 2008
Quickie Link: Turkey: Transsexuals Take to the Stage to Defend their Rights
(Turkey) - A unique play in an Ankara theatre ended with a standing ovation this week as the little-known actors -- Transsexuals and Gays raising their voice against discrimination -- fought back their tears on stage. Their play, "Pink And Grey," put the spotlight on the plight of Transsexuals in mainly Muslim Turkey, in the latest initiative of a fledgling but increasingly vocal movement for rights by a community long ostracized and often harassed. Activists say police abuse declined in recent years as the Gay and Transgender movement became organised and Turkey's bid to join the European Union made human rights a priority issue. "Before, the police used violence -- now they only fine us," said Buse Kilickaya, the head of Pembe Hayat, or Pink Life, a newly-founded association that advocates transgender rights and sponsored "Pink and Grey."