14/08/2023 | Writer: Selma Koçak

Unabated government pressure against trans women in Taksim: The police sealed trans women’s houses at Istanbul Küçük Bayram Street.

Houses in Istanbul were sealed once again! Kaos GL - News Portal for LGBTI+

Photograph: Dönme Magazine

The police sealed some of the houses, where trans women live, in Küçük Bayram Street, Beyoğlu, yesterday (on Friday, August 11th).

Speaking to KaosGL.org, Sarya İdil Güner underlined that this sealing means closing the street even though houses were partially sealed.

Stating that trans women, who are organized on the streets, will not remain silent against the systematic oppression targeting their living and working spaces, Sarya pointed out the fact that although trans women have not been able to remove the seals, the oppressions won’t be able to stop living on the street.

“Streets belong to us, all of us, we are not going to abandon them!”

Dönme Magazine had made a solidarity call against the government and police pressure targeting trans women in Taksim on their Twitter account: 

“Women have been detained without any justification even while they are walking on the street for almost 15 days, and they have been taken to a police station in Kulaksız. Having been kept waiting there for about 3 or 4 hours, they are fined 600 TL on the grounds of ‘Misdemeanor Law’. Women are being subjected to transphobic attitudes during detention and their right to transport is deliberately hindered by being released at late hours of the night. We raise our voices against this unlawfulness, the oppression against trans women should immediately stop and the unlawful fines must be cancelled right now. We urge everyone to be the voice of trans women in Taksim and to stand in solidarity with them.”

Tags: human rights, women