Held on Thursday afternoon, in the headquarters of Istanbul LGBTT, no press turned up for the press conference to hear the details concerning Turkey’s first Trans Pride.
Despite the media’s absence, the press conference is still held – but with a German film maker, Maria, who is also documenting the group recording it. Members of the Trans community get up and speak about the reasons for having this march, and its importance. Some of the main issues the group hopes to draw attention to with Sunday’s demonstration are the escalating levels of violence toward the Trans community, and the lack of anti-sexual/gender discrimination laws in their constitution.
Later in the day we go out with the group as they hang fliers and leaflets to promote Trans Pride week. A lot of the bystanders who watch them seem generally curious about what they are promoting.
After spending an hour walking the streets and side streets of the trendy Bosphorus district of Istanbul an informational stand is erected on Istiklal Street, a major shopping area lined with luxury stores and sidewalk cafes.
This area of Istanbul is very metropolitan, and I’m again surprised how open people are very open to receiving the information leaflets about Sunday’s march, with many also signing their name to the group’s email list.