A NEW umbrella organisation in Turkey has been established to fight homophobia and transphobia in the Islamic country.

The Turkey LGBTI Union was created around two months ago in order to ensure unity and solidarity among LGBTI groups, web sites and organisations.

The union is based in the capital of Ankara and was founded by a gay activist Nikopol, who founded the Turk Gay Club in 2006 to safeguard the rights of the Turkish LGBTI community and help individuals come together and meet within a safe environment.

The club has been a member of the International Lesbian and Gay Association since 2012.

The aims of the newly-established union are to help fight and safeguard LGBTI rights, push for equality laws and combat homophobia and transphobia in Turkey.

Same-sex relations are legal in the country, but the law does not include sexual orientation or gender identity within its legal or civil rights structure, nor are same-sex couples legally recognised.

Despite an increase in hate crimes in recent years, authorities are now reportedly proposing anti-LGBTI hate crimes and anti-discrimination legislation, as well as the  legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

H/T Gay Asia News

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