21/05/2007 | Writer: KAOS GL

EDGE Boston Contributor
May 18, 2007

Turkey hosted a two-day meeting on the issue of homophobia this week, with representatives from several nations addressing the problem of anti-gay attitudes in society and in law, both in Turkey and elsewhere around the globe.

The Turkish Daily News reported on the meeting, which began May 17 and May 18. The meeting began with a 20-minute documentary about the plight of gays in Turkey, in which homosexual Turks talking about anti-gay prejudice, discrimination and violence in Turkish law and culture.

One point of discussion was the lack, on the part of the U.N., of a universal charter that would comprehensively lay out the rights of gays and lesbians internationally. Zehra Kabasakal spoke to this topic, saying, "We must recognize the diversity in order to achieve equality for human dignity and we must ensure genuine equality."

Kabasakal, whose specialty is in the fields of women
Tags: human rights