LGBT Turks protested in Istanbul yesterday over the murder of 23-year-old transwoman Hande Kader, whose body was found last week.
Ms Kader, a sex worker, was last seen getting into a client’s car. Her body was later found in the woods, showing signs of having been raped and then burned to death.
She was well known in the Turkish LGBT community and had famously squared up to a water cannon at last year’s Istanbul Gay Pride parade.
Emirhan Deniz Celebi, director of Istanbul’s Social Policy, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association, said the LGBT community was under attack — gay Syrian refugee Muhammed Wisam Sankari was found decapitated after being raped a fortnight ago.
“We are being murdered and they do not hear our voices,” he said.
The government crackdown since the failed coup has enabled authorities to act on their prejudices, he said, adding trans friends had told him “how they were discriminated against because of their ID cards and appearance.”