‘I feel deeply afraid’: Turkey’s LGBTQ community dreads future under Erdogan

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05/29/2023

Turkey’s LGBTQ community fear being exposed to more homophobic hate after conservative President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made them into his favorite target for his bitterly divisive re-election campaign. The Islamic-rooted leader constantly railed against LGBTQ people on the campaign trail, accusing them of threatening traditional family values and calling them “perverse.” He also attacked opposition challenger Kemal Kilicdaroglu for pledging to “respect everyone’s beliefs, lifestyles and identities,” including those of the LGBTQ community.

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