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AI Turkey - How do you describe your gender identity?

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Published on Mar 9, 2012

A Social Justice and Art project of Gabrielle Le Roux in collaboration with Trans Activists in Turkey with the support of Amnesty International Turkey and the Consulate General of Netherlands.

What better way to learn about the multiplicity of genders than to ask eighteen of Turkey's bravest and most outspoken trans activists? Their very diverse answers are a refreshing challenge to fixed notions of gender as something determined by your biological sex. As Selay puts it: "Being a woman has got nothing to do with having a vagina, being a man has got nothing to do with having a penis...it's all in your head."
This 18 part series of films provides a platform for trans activists to be seen and heard on their own terms.

There is a frighteningly high incidence of hate crimes and murders of transgender people, specially trans women, in Turkey, and a vibrant, motivated, politicized trans movement has emerged in response and is demanding to be heard. Trans activists of various genders, aged 24 -- 57 from five cities in Turkey speak out candidly and intimately about their lives and vision for a more inclusive world. Each film explores a different question.

These films comprise the video installation in the exhibition Proudly Trans in Turkey. The travelling exhibition, a cultural intervention for social justice, combines portraits drawn from life, first-person stories, interviews and video. It is a call to solidarity with the trans rights movement in Turkey. It is a co-creation between Turkish activists and South African artist and activist for social justice Gabrielle Le Roux.

This is an interactive initiative and we would love to know how and where these films are received. If you use them in your teaching/research/activism or advocacy work, please leave a comment or email proudlytransinturkey@gmail.com with feedback/questions

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