02/12/2019 | Writer: Aslı Alpar
Iraqi refugee LGBTI+'s living in Eskşehir discussed the queer cartoon and produced their own works in the event organized by the Kaos GL Association.
“I’m a human being like everyone”
Kaos GL Association came together with Iraqi refugee LGBTI+'s in the queer cartoon workshop in Eskisehir.
The queer cartoon workshop, which took place on Friday, November 15th, was conducted by one of the kaosGL.org editors, cartoonist Aslı Alpar and Emre Yılmaz of the Cartoon Workshop. In the workshop, participants reversed the discriminatory moments they were exposed to with the work they produced. Some of the works produced in the workshop are as follows:
How do you know?
I drew myself with a straight friend. One day he pointed to me in the colorful clothes i was wearing and said: ‘you're dressed like a faggot’. And I said, "How do you know what does the gays wear?"'
Not everyone is straight!
We ran into a heterosexual couple. I had a gay friend with me, and for a brief moment we looked at one another with the heterosexual couple. The woman's boyfriend said 'why are you looking at my girlfriend', and we replied, "We're not interested in girls.
It’s my life!
I drew two trans lovers here, and they're dealing with a straight men. I showed the trans couple in flowers. The guy says, 'Are you trans?', and the woman replies, "Yes. And this is my lover, don't be ignorant, don't ask, it's my life."
Translation: Yiğit E. Korkmaz
Tags: human rights, arts and culture