Turkey: Court sentences trans woman who spoke out against discrimination

Trans woman H.Ç. has been sentenced to one year and two months in prison after gynaecologist F.H. refused to treat her because of her transsexuality and then filed a lawsuit claiming insult against her. 

On 15 September, H.Ç. filed a complaint against a gynecologist for “discrimination, insult, preventing access to the right to medical treatment and negligence in medicine.” The governorate did not allow the investigation after the complaint. The doctor counter sued H.Ç. for 'insulting' him and the court found in his favor.

Social Policies, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Studies Association (SPoD LGBTI) lawyer Rozerin Seda Kip objected to the governorate’s decision but her objection was denied by a majority of votes at the Istanbul Regional Administration Court.  Read more via LGBT Turkey