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‘We’re subject to violence as soon as we exist as an LGBTI+ person’

Turkey, which has the highest rate of trans killings in Europe, is becoming even more heavy-handed, say lobbyists

Ece Toksabay

Cayan Hakiki trimmed their finger nails and removed the polish last week to take Turkish university entrance exams without being hassled, as advocacy groups say transgender people face increasingly open discrimination.

“I didn’t want any problems at the entrance,” said Hakiki, 23, who was born male, but identifies as trans or queer.

“We are subject to all kinds of violence from the moment we begin to exist as an LGBTI+ person, whether from people on the street, the government or the police.”..

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