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Turkey: Gay teen allegedly killed by family

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Turkey: Gay teen allegedly killed by family

BY NATASHA BARSOTTI – Turkey's Hürriyet Daily News reports that a teenager was allegedly murdered by family members because of his sexual orientation in the southeastern province of Diyarbakir.

The 17-year-old, referred to by the intials RA, had reportedly sought refuge at a friend's house after being exposed to violence by his family but was forcibly removed from the house by an uncle, the report alleges. "The boy reportedly had an argument with his father, after which the latter allegedly shot his son 14 times before he and his brother deposited the body by the side of the road," the daily Cumhuriyet reported. The boy's father and uncle were later arrested in connection with the murder.

According to Hürriyet, a member of the local community alleges that the family tried to cover up the murder. “The family wanted to cover up the murder which happened one month ago because they were a rich and powerful tribal family; they wanted the police to hide the incident,” the person alleges in the report. “We are subjected to violence, but there is no place where we can make a complaint or search for our rights. Police insult and swear at us, doctors make fun of us.”

Gay Star News cites Turkish advocacy organizations  as saying that such murders — dubbed honour killings because of the negative social stigma attached to homosexuality — are underreported.

"LGBT activists . . . often object to the term [honour killing] stating that it is nothing short of murder, objecting to its classification as a special form of 'killing,'" Gay Star News notes.


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It is so ironic, though
It is so ironic, though tragic, but this seems to be an example of culture clash as Turkey continues to try to integrate into the European Union. Turkey has always been known to be very bisexual, and the most westernized of all the Islamic countries. Having been there, I can testify that the boys and young men are very interested in gay sex, not just with foreigners but with each other, even though they don't identify as 'gay'. What else are they to do, when they are not allowed to have sex with women? This is the problem with the whole Islamic world. Turkey is one of the most volatile in a way, as they are on the fence in terms of adopting 'western values'; such reactionary stories are not surprising.

And how's that religious
And how's that religious accommodation and Muslim prayer rooms in public schools policy working for you, Mr. McGuinty? Prayer rooms and watchful eyes of the Islamic community will make it much harder for gays and women in schools in Ontario. Don't you realize this fact?
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