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LBQ Meetings Report is published!

By 27 Nisan 2023Mayıs 22nd, 2023Announcements

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Since 2015, increasing bans and restrictions on LGBTI+ persons in Turkey have been preventing women+, trans+, intersex, and non- binary people who identify as lesbian, bisexual, and queer from raising their specific needs on the agenda, coming together, learning from each other, taking strength from each other, and growing as a community.

To explore new ways of breaking through barriers, we designed a three-session online event series for LBQs*. In the LBQ Meetings Report, we compiled the insights we gained from the discussions we held with 21 LBQ activists who participated in the event. We have added a section to the report, titled “Traces of the LBQ Movement in Turkey”, which we hope will provide an overview of LBQ self-organizations from past to present.

In the LBQ Meetings Report, we discussed the experiences of self-organization and current discussions of LBQs within the framework of the common, differentiated, and specific needs of lesbian, bisexual, and queer people. During the roundtable meetings, we aimed to stimulate a dialogue between LBQ activists from different cities and get to know each other.

With this report, we aim to convey information about the experiences associated with the LBQ movement in Turkey and to preserve today’s memory. The LBQ movement referred to in the report does not consist of a monolithic chain of actions and thoughts. Rather, it points to the articulation of the organizational experiences of LBQs struggling with the heteronormative world. We hope this report will inspire the formation of LBQ self-organizations and working groups that are nourished by diversity, intersectionality, and inclusivity and that internalize these principles.

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*The abbreviation LBQ in the report refers to women+, trans+, intersex, and non-binary people who identify as lesbian, bisexual, and/or queer.

*This publishing was made in partnership with Empowering Practices Initiative and Social Policy, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association (SPoD) and with support of Outright International. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of Outright International.