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Hakan Sandal

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The Turkish State of Emergency and LGBT+ Kurds

LGBT+ Kurds raise rainbow flags at Newroz celebrations in Diyarbakır in 2011. Photograph by Damla Gülmez.

After the end of the peace negotiations between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (Partiya Karkerên Kurdistan, PKK) in July 2015, Kurdish cities witnessed massive destruction. The destruction was accompanied by racist and sexist graffiti messages by Turkish government forces in many of the wrecked areas. Then, following the failed coup attempt of 15 July 2016, a three-month state of emergency was declared by the Erdoğan government, extended again for another three ...

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Hakan Sandal is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge - Centre for Gender Studies. His doctoral research focuses on the intersection of ethnic, gender, and sexual identities, with particular focus on Kurdish LGBTs. His research interests include Gender Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Queer Theory and Critical Theory. He is an editorial board member of the journal Toplum ve Kuram and writes occasionally about Kurdish and LGBT+ politics in various newspapers and journals.