LGBTI-Friendly Municipality

SPoD bolsters the visibility of the LGBTI+ rights movement in the political scene by inviting mayoral candidates to take a stand on LGBTI+ equality and sign the LGBTI+-Friendly Municipality Protocol. This protocol is part of SPoD’s work on advocating LGBTI+ rights in local politics. Five municipalities from three cities (Şişli, Beşiktaş, Kadıköy, Akdeniz and Nilüfer Municipalities) have signed the protocol, and have promised to work towards LGBTI+ participation in local politics, and equitable access to local services for LGBTI+ people.

Following the 2014 local elections, SPoD has facilitated efforts towards LGBTI+ equality by communicating regularly with these municipalities and by collaborating with local LGBTI+ organisations in cities around Turkey. SPoD continues its work to facilitate equitable LGBTI+ access to local services through LGBTI+11 rights trainings for municipalities.