We fit murderers, thieves, rapists, child-abusers and any kind of foulness in this world. Why cannot we fit gays and transsexuals who do not have any designs on the rights of others? Why don’t we “stand up” for Hande as well, as we did for Özgecan?
Hande was lost since August 6. Her friends and partner put out a missing persons report. She was found by the road in Zekeriyaköy. She was burned.
Hande Kader was a transsexual woman and a sex-worker. Last year, during Trans Pride, she demonstrated against police intervention by sitting in front of the anti-riot water cannon vehicle (TOMA). She was brave.
I had a look on her Facebook page in order to get to know her and read her posts. She wrote on November 30:
“I’ve accumulated great misery inside that there is no place to live other feelings…”
Hande is not alone in accumulating misery/pain. Transsexual individuals enormously accumulate pain in this country. They are driven to suicide or slaughtered as the result of social pressure, exclusion, violence and defamation that they are exposed.
Eylül Cansın was only 23 years old when she threw herself off the bridge by saying that “I couldn’t; they didn’t let me.”
Roşin Çiçek was 17 years old yet when he was killed with 14 bullets by his own father.
İrem Su was 28 years old when she was barbarously killed with 12 stabs.
Two years ago, on August 24, transsexual woman Figen committed suicide in Mersin. She “spat in our face and left” when she was committing suicide, with the words of her close friend. At that time, I wrote that “We could not fit her in this huge world.”
Just 10 days ago, Muhammed Wisam, a gay refugee, was slaughtered by being cut.
People are killed by being burned, they are slaughtered by being cut, and we keep quiet. We keep quite because these people are homosexual or transsexual. We are in a disgusting silence.
We fit murderers, thieves, rapists, child-abusers and any kind of foulness in this world. Why cannot we fit gays and transsexuals who do not have any designs on the rights of others?
Why don’t we “stand up” for Hande as well, as we did for Özgecan?
A downtrodden and battered woman’s body was burned. Why don’t we raise our voices?
Homophobic and transphobic murders are fed on our silence.
It should not be that hard to protect the human dignity.
Don’t be quiet!
*Translated and published by LGBT News Turkey, on 18.08.2016