Human Rights

“LGBTI+ Friendly Municipalities Protocol” from SPoD and Genç LGBTI+

Friday, February 8, 2019

The Social Policies, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association (SPoD) and Young Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Intersex Youth Studies and Solidarity Association (Genç LGBTI+) have prepared the “LGBTI+ Friendly Municipality Protocol Text”.

The Social Policies, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association (SPoD) and Young Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Intersex Youth Studies and Solidarity Association (Genç LGBTI+) have prepared the “LGBTI+ Friendly Municipality Protocol Text”.The text aims to remind candidates running for mayorship of their responsibilities in the realization of LGBTI+ rights prior to the local elections on March 31.

The protocol text expects the mayoral candidates to remain aware of the rights violations and discrimination against the LGBTI+ residents after the election, especially during the current increase in violence and discrimination. 

The candidates are reminded to carry out necessary policies for LGBTI+ individuals’ exercise of the rights to healthcare, accomodation, employment and transportation, as well as that of access to local public services. The protocol also demands that the candidates devise LGBTI+-inclusive policies in their strategic plans and take concrete steps for the improvement and protection of the rights and liberties of LGBTI+ individuals.

With this protocol, SPoD and Genç LGBTI+ have embarked upon a wider campaign, covering the six-month period until the local elections. This campaign summarizes the need for local governments that will work towards maintaining discrimination-free urban environments, and for mayors that will tend to the needs and demands of LGBTI+ individuals who are an integral part of our cities.

You may send your suggestions, questions and opinions regarding the protocol to the following e-mail addresses: yereldelgbti@spod.org.tr / yereldelgtbi@genclgbti.org

Translation: LGBTI News Turkey

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