Turkey's first transexual TV reporter Michelle Demishevich attends a gay pride parade on Istiklal Street, Istanbul's main shopping corridor on June 29, 2014, as part of the Trans Pride Week 2014.
Ozan Kose—AFP/Getty Images
By Francesca Trianni
July 20, 2014

Homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey, but homophobia is widespread and activists hope to make the country an example of respect towards the LGBT community.

Michelle Demishevich, a prominent LGBT rights activist, is the country’s first transsexual TV reporter. While Turkey’s gay and transgender communities enjoy better rights than their counterparts in most Muslim countries, her achievement is rather unique.

In the video above, reported by the AFP, the activist talks about the fight for LGBT rights in Turkish society.


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