Dora ÖzerAge 24
9 Jul 2013
Kusadasi, Aydın (Turkey)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/9-Jul-2013/Dora Özer
Dora was stabbed to death in her home.
A 24-year-old trans woman was stabbed to death at her home last evening in the touristic province of Kusadasi in Turkey. Found dead by her housemate, Dora is the most recent victim of transphobic violence in the country.
Dora’s body was sent for an autopsy and an investigation has been started to find murderer. However, Ministry of Family and Social Policies has not made a declaration yet.
Protests condemning transphobia and hate crimes will be held in Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Eskisehir on Friday at 6 pm.
Kaos GL and Pink Life LGBTT Associations in Ankara declared a statement against government’s reluctance to tackle transphobic violence at large and criticized the fact that murderers of trans people are either not found or judged with minimum punishments due to the concept of “unjust provocation” in the Turkish legal system.
Buse Kiliçkaya, a trans activist from Pink Life LGBTT Association, stated that everyone should develop a sensitivity towards trans murders. Kiliçkaya also pointed at a parallel between Gezi Park protests and trans struggle, saying that “the resistance is no different.”
In social media, LGBT activists criticize mainstream media’s insistence on publishing trans people’s identity names, not the ones they actually use.
TvT project: KAOS GL Magazine, 10.07.2013