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Turkish LGBT activist wins 2013 David Kato Vision & Voice Award

[Brussels, 03 December 2012] The 2013 David Kato Vision & Voice Award has been awarded to Ali Erol: a leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) activist in Turkey. The award recognises those who strive to uphold sexual rights for LGBTI people and was announced at the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s 60th anniversary celebrations in Johannesbourg (South Africa).

Ali Erol founded Kaos GL organisation in 1994 at a time when homosexuality was taboo and ‘coming out’ could lead to death. Since he began his struggle, Ali has had to fight against many forms of police and state pressure, including detentions, prosecution, police harassment and numerous court cases. LGBTI people still remain largely hidden in Turkey, and they continue to be humiliated and victims of violence. Ali and Kaos GL are currently campaigning for the reform of the Turkish constitution, pushing for a clause on non-discrimination of LGBTI people.

Ali’s vision is: “Against the policies of denial, which can turn homophobia into violence, we must establish local, regional and global networks and empower each other in the fight against stigma and hatred”.

For more information please contact, +44 (0) 20 7939 8308 or +44 (0) 75870 25322.

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