13/10/2011 | Writer: Kaos GL

When you come to Kaos GL’s Culture Center, the association center, there is always a briskness. Always some try to finish something and some try to help them. Willing or not, you get to help them, too. In that way, you step into the kitchen of activism.

Kaos GL’s 2010 Gone with the Wind – I Kaos GL - News Portal for LGBTI+
When you come to Kaos GL’s Culture Center, the association center, there is always a briskness. Always some try to finish something and some try to help them. Willing or not, you get to help them, too. In that way, you step into the kitchen of activism.
 
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration at all if we say that Kaos GL’s 2010 had passed with catching up, preparing a book or magazine to be published, running from one training to another and then to some other other workshop.
 
Outstanding actions of Kaos GL is summarized in several headlines below. Protesting Minister Selma Aliye Kavaf is one of the things we will mention without considering in a separate section. The protest had ben very influential both in Turkey and abroad. One of the photos taken while Kaos GL volunteers were forcibly taken out of the hall was selected the best photo of the day by the magazine Stern in Germany. Another point to be underlined about the protest is that after Kaos GL volunteers were taken out almost all of the audience left out.
 
Kaos GL continued its studies in 2010 as well with Women’s Platform against Sexual Abuse, Women’s Media Watch Group, Constitution Woman Platform, TCK (Turkish Criminal Code) Woman Platform, Europe Women’s Lobby Turkey Coalition, KAHİP (Public Expenses Watch Platform), LGBT Rights Platform, International Criminal Court Coalition, Hate Crimes Watch Platform Initiative, Ankara Women’s Platform, TkMM (Turkey small National Assembly), Conscientious Objection Platform Initiative, Bodily and Sexual Rights in Muslim Societies Coalition, ILGA, ILGA Europe, IGLYO, Europe Women’s Lobby and Çankaya City Council Women Assembly.
 
2010 with Kaos GL Publications!
In 2010, Kaos GL, introduced 17.000 books and 18.000 magazines to the readers. 20.000 written materials were distributed mostly in Antihomophobia Meeting activities and in lectures that our Education Commission attended.
 
We are asking both in Turkish and Kurdish: Anyone Out There?
The product of a team work of Hevjin and Kaos GL, the book “Orada Kimse Var mı?/Li Wir Kes Heye?” (Anyone Out There?) was published both in Turkish and Kurdish.
 
In the scope of “Erkekliğin Gölgesinde” (Under the Shadow of Manhood) discussion program with Hevjin LBGT Formation, a serial of activities were held in Diyarbakır and Ankara with the support of Heinrich Böll Foundation. The book “Erkekliğin Gölgesi” was published to share the ideas and presentations during panels, discussions and work-shops with a larger mass.
 
In a very difficult time when right to education in mother tongue was being discussed, the students, civil society representators and human rights advocates who suppot this right were being judged, Hevjin and Kaos GL led the way, offering a book on manhood, “Anyone Out There?”, for Turkish and Kurdish readers.
 
During the program of “Erkekliğin Gölgesinde” Serpil Sancar, Yıldırım Türker, Umut Tümay Arslan, Aksu Bora, Elif Dumanlı, Tanıl Bora, Fırat Söyle and Yeliz Kızılarslan joined the discussions. 
 
Kaos GL Association and Hevjin Diyarbakır LGBTT formation thank everyone who joined the discussions and all writers whose articles were discussed during the program. Both also thank Tanıl Bora, Ali Erol, Cihan Hüroğlu, Nevin Öztop, Umut Güner, Fatih Özgüven and Yaşar Çabuklu for their contributions with their articles to Kaos GL Magazine’s “Erkeklik” (Manhood) and “Sol ve Homofobi” (Left and Homophobia) issues.
 
The book consists of the articles “Herkesin Ötekisi, Yıldırım Türker” (Everyone’s Other), “Orda Kimse Var mı?, Ali Erol” (Anyone Out There?), “Egemen Erkeklik Karşısında Farklı Erkeklikler, Serpil Sancar” (Different Manhoods versus Prevailing Manhood), “Erkeklik Krizi, Aksu Bora” (Manhood Crisis), “Erkeklik ve Futbol, Tanıl Bora” (Manhood and Football), “Heteroseksüel Melankoli, Umut Tümay Arslan” (Heterosexual Melancholy), “Arkadaş Z. Özger, Yeliz Kızılarslan” (Friend Z. Özger), “Sol ve Homofobi, Ali Erol” (Left and Homophobia), “Sol Neremizden Geçer, Cihan Hüroğlu” (Where is Left?), “Nefret ve Erkeklik, Fırat Söyle” (Hate and Manhood), “Erkeklerle Sevişen Lezbiyenlik, Nevin Öztop” (Lesbianism Making Love to Men) , “Her Türk Asker Doğar, Umut Güner” (Every Turk is Born as a Soldier), “Erkek Transeksüellik, Berk İnan Berkant” (Male Transexuality), “Erkeklerin Şefkati, Fatih Özgüven” (The Compassion of Men), “Eğitimde Erkeklik Görüntüleri, Elif Dumanlı” (Manhood Signifiers in Education) and “Erkek Dansçı, Yaşar Çabuklu” (Male Dancer).
 
Anti-Homophobia Book – 2
The book of 5th Antihomophobia Meeting was published. 4000 copies pressed, the book gained attention like the first one.
 
The second volume of Anti-Homophobia book was published with the title “Whose Issue is Homophobia?”. The book consists of the declaration of International Antihomophobia Meeting and discussions.
 
In the second book of International Antihomophobia Meeting, answers to the question “Whose Issue is Homophobia?” are sought in areas like queer politics, mental health, family, human rights, constitution, nationalism, left, media and education.
 
Held in Ankara for the first time in 2006, the 5th Antihomophobia Meeting included 14 cities from Trabzon to Ankara.
 
End to Homophobia in Media 2010!
The third report of Kaos GL’s media watch program for 3 years was published. Based on some categories, the report works as a grading system for media producers.
Media Watch Book also includes a section which describes the rules of Kaos GL Magazine and the editor for local correspondents.

End to Homophobia in Media 2009!
We published the 2009 report in the first months of 2010. The book was prepared by watching local and national media.
 
You can find End to Homophobia in Media 2010, 2009 and 2008 books in LGBT organizations, STGM (Civil Society Development Center) Headquarter and local support offices and Amargi Bookstore.
 
LGBT Individuals’ Human Rgiths Report 2009
Kaos GL published LGBT Individuals’ Human Rights Report prepared by LGBT Rights Platform, detailing human rights violations LGBT indiviuals came across with in 2009. The report was prepared based on interviews with individuals and organizations and media watch of organizations.
 
We Need Syndicates!
In the scope of “No to Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Workplace!” project with support of Embassy of Germany, two LGB worker-official meetings were held. Syndicate members and parliamentarians were invited to the meetings. After the project, the book “Sendikalara İhtiyacımız var!” (We Need Syndicates!) was published based on discussions and interviews with syndicate members and LGB workers/officials. 3000 copies pressed had been sold out immediately.
 
“No to Sexual Identity Discrimination in Education!”
For more than a year, sutdents and educators organized in Kaos GL founded No to Sexual Identity Discrimination in Education Commission. The commission published a book which includes interviews with LGBT educators, discussions about problems of LGBT students and IGLYO Europe’s report and it is supported by Embassy of Canada and Global Dialogue Foundation.

Aspects of Being a Woman
The book was prepared based on interviews, work-shops and forums about many aspects of being a woman from the perspectives of lesbian, bisexual and trans women. All copies of the book published with the support of Heinrich Böll Foundation had been sold out. For pdf document of the book you can send an e-mail to kaosgl@kaosgl.org.
 
L Aspect of Love
Prepared from the selected stories of Woman to Woman Story Contest, the book “L Aspect of Love” was pressed by Sel Publishing. Published by Sel Publishing you can find the book in bookstores.
 
Prosecution found the love between women “obscene” and also “contrary to nature”
 
Each issue of Kaos GL Magazine with a new topic
Kaos GL Magazine, prepared by Kaos GL editorial board and writing collective, kept on bringing the hot topics of LGBT movement to a large mass in 2010, as well.
 
January-February 2010 Issue, Heterosexuality
March-April 2010 Issue, Poverty
May-June 2010 Issue, Left ve LGBTT
July-August 2010 Issue, Heterosexism and Homophobia in Mental Health Sector
September-October 2010 Issue, Student Organizations against Homophobia and Transphobia
November-December 2010 Issue, Anti-Authoritarian Practices and Perspectives in Struggle against Homophobia and Sexism
 
More than 150 people contributed to Kaos GL Magazine in 2010
Ada Özgür, Adnan Yıldız, Aligül, Artunç Berkay Yavuz, Atalay Göçer, Aykan Safoğlu, Ali Erol, Ali Özbaş, Avi Haligua, Aysel Kayaoğlu, Aylin Kuryel, Ayşe Düzkan, Barış Sulu,  Bawer Çakır, Bayram Şahin, Berk İnan Berkant, Birol Dinçel, Burak Karacan, Can Yaman, Cahide Birgül, Canan, Catherine Jacquet, Claudia Roth, Cihan Hüroğlu, Cüneyt Çakırlar, Çağlar Yerlikaya, Çiğdem Öztürk, Cesar Padialla, Çağla Cömert, Ceren Avşar, Destan  Luise Kılıç, Danielle Levitt, Derya Gezer, Deniz Deniz, Dhali Hoka, Didem Gençtürk, Eren Barış, Ezgi Ege, Ece Toksabay, Evun Sevgi Okumuş, Ece Dorsay, Eda Kemal, Elif Ceylan Özsoy, Elif Dumanlı, Emine Özcan, E. Timuçin Oral, Erol Zavar, Elif Karan, Fatma Demirci, Fırat Söyle, Gabrielle Le Roux, Gözde İlkin, Gürsel Tekin, Gencay Ünsalan, Gülkan, Hakan Yıldırım, Hakan Aydoğan, Haziran Düzkan, Heather Rakes, Hande Öğüt, Hewal Azad, Hülya Sur, İmge Oranlı, İsmail Alacaoğlu, İlhan Sayın, İç Mihrak, İlker Güzelcik, Jake Yuzna, Jale Karabekir, Judith Butler, Jose Garces, Jacob Meeehan, Jamie Heckert, Kinky İmam&heliogabalos, Kahraman Gürcan, Kürşad Kahramanoğlu, Kürşat Kızıltuğ, Koray Başar, Koray Yılmaz-Günay, Levent Pişkin, Leyla Çakır, Mahmut Şefik Nil, Mahmut Soner, Murathan Mungan, Meltem Oral, Michael Bullock, Muhsin Akgün, Murat Çınar, Murat Morova, Mutlu Dulkadir, Nazım Ünal Yılmaz, Nuray Akkol, Nesrin Yetkin, Nilbar Güreş, Nuri Harun, Nevin Öztop, Osman Bulligil, Onur Yaşar, Ozan Ersan, Oya Aydın, Ozan Emre Han, Önder Bora, Özge Gökpınar, Özgür Özakın, Perihan Mağden, Pelin Dutlu, Pınar Öğünç, Ramazan Kaya, Remzi Altunpolat, Rüzgar Gözüm, Salih Canova, Salih Wolter, Sarphan Uzunoğlu, Serkan Görkemli, Serpil Odabaşı, Seçin Varol, Serdar Kara, Semih Varol, Servet Gün, Sinan Elitemiz, Sanem İlçe, Semra Çelebi, Serdar Soydan, Sace Sky, Seven Kaplan, Seyhan Arman, Şahika Yüksel, Şebnem Korur Fincancı, Tacim Açık, Tayfun Serttaş, Tanya Olson, Umut Altınöz, Umut Güner, Ufuk Ahiska, Uli Flader, Ülker Uncu, Ülkü Özakın, VJ Bülent, Volkan Yılmaz, Yaşar Çabuklu, Yasemin Öz, Yener Bayramoğlu, Yeliz Kızılarslan, Yıldırım Türker, Yavuz Cingöz, Yeşim Tuba Başaran, Xevi Muntane, Ali Toprak, Canan Bozkurt, Çetin Gürer, Erden Kosova, Erinç Seymen.

We kept on sending Kaos GL magazine for free to LGBT individuals in prison, HIV(+) gays and trans-women and LGBT refugees.
 
Kaos GL volunteers kept on exchanging letters with LGBT individuals in prison.
 
You can also support Kaos GL Magazine by subscribing abone@kaosgl.org

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