22 Mar 2018
Elif died after jumping from the balcony of her boyfriend’s home. A friend who shared her thoughts about Elif, said she was constantly hurt by her family:
“Her family pushed her to die alone years ago. Nobody ever took her out. She was removed from her work because she was trans. Her friends in the cities she went to hurt her, but she was not strong enough to fight. “A lot of people are responsible for this suicide. Many of my trans friends committed suicide, but Elif was very special to me.”
Elif worked as a cleaner in a factory during the early months of 2016. At the time she told Pembe Hayat that she still missed her family and was ill treated by the factory manager and employees during her time at work.
“When I started my transition, they knew my situation because I was in the same workplace. There is a lot of sexism in the factories. Women and men are not given the same jobs. But they treat me like they do to their business. They do not approve that their ablutions will be ruined, but they always have a job done by the guys in the factory and they call me a man and make me do it.” . They are trying to screw me up. The women working in the factory are doing the same thing. They know my situation. This is breaking my morale. Working conditions at work are already very heavy. There is a special discrimination against me as this is not enough.”
Elif's death was not recorded on the official TDoR 2018 list released by Transgender Europe (TGEU) in November 2018.