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On the other, hate crimes are becoming more frequent in the current political climate.
On the one hand, Hande Kader was a turning point for people becoming interested in trans issues, he says.
They insisted it was aimed at helping thousands of families where the father had been jailed for sexual assault after his underage partner became pregnant.
During the protest in Istanbul’s famous Istiklal Avenue, women also used the Turkish hashtag #her HALdedireniyoruz on Twitter and on placards, meaning “we resist in every situation”.
In the No Name bar on Tarlabasi Boulevard, transgender women chat with potential clients against a backdrop of strobe lights and banging techno beats. Unlike the streets and the brothel, the bar staff and sex workers talk without looking over their shoulders. As the government retaliates, rounding up suspected coup participants and cementing its power, the outlook is darkening for the country’s transgender people.
Arya Tan, the 30-year-old manager, watches over a “family” of 11 or 12 trans sex workers, keeping tabs on their safety when they head off to a local hotel with clients. They know that I see everything at the bar,” she says. But Beste is determined to fight for her basic human rights.