The LGBTI+ ban in Turkey and the rise of new forms of resistance
Panel discussion and film screening.
Despite homosexuality not being criminalised in Turkey, the Erdogan government has recently issued an LGBTI+ ban on 18 November 2017. The ban targeted and arbitrarily prohibited every activity related to LGBTI+ existence—including film screenings, theatre plays, panels and exhibitions—in the capital of Turkey, Ankara.1 This has effectively demanded new strategies for maintaining Queer life in Ankara, and to a certain extent in Istanbul, where the ban is not in place.
In this panel, Esra Özban and Çigdem Erdöl from Pembe Hayat2KuirFest team, only queer film festival of Turkey, which takes place in Ankara, Istanbul, Denizli and Mersin, will discuss the effects of the ongoing LGBTI+ ban. The ban has not only pushed the festival from art centres of Ankara to the backroom of a friendly bar (ironically called heimatlos: without homeland), but it has also started strategic games between the censor and the organisers. This ban struck in the midst of state of emergency, with academic repression, mass arrests, and ever increasing authoritarianism in Turkey.
The panel will be joined by Hakan Sandal, researcher at the University of Cambridge, who studies the conjunction between queer movements and Kurdish struggle. Sandal will shed light on the connection between the recent LGBTI+ ban in Ankara and the ongoing struggle of the Kurdish people.
The panel will be introduced and chaired by Mijke van der Drift, who recently gave a talk on transfeminism in Ankara during Pembe Hayat’s 7. Kuirfest. Mijke works on Ethics and Transfeminism and will draw out lesson from the situation in Turkey for LGBT rights advocacy in the UK.
The panel will be followed by a screening of a queer short film programme selected by Pembe Hayat Kuirfes:
lubunya: Contemporary queer shorts from Turkey
Rebirth (Yeniden Do?u?) - Directors: Gökçe Oralo?lu & Zehra Gökcimen
Solo - Director: Sertaç Koyuncu
Void (Hükmü Yok) - Director: Asya Leman
Muttering (Homur Homur) - Director: Simay Çal??kan & Nergis Karada?
Not a Male but Female (Kurneqiz) - Director: Gökhan Yalç?nkaya
Being LGBTI in the Hood (Mahallede LGBT?) - Director: Ada Ay?e ?mamo?lu
Trace (?z) - Director: Salih Salman
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