PHOTOS: Turkey's First Transgender Beauty Contest

In a country that has had at least 70 murders of transgender people since 2002, participation in a beauty contest is an act of defiance and courage.



It isn't illegal to be LGBT in Turkey, but LGBTpeople still face regular violence and discrimination. A beauty pageant held in Istanbul formed part of a week-long celebration of LGBT events in June in defiance of that persecution, notes the Daily Mail. Thanks to Furkan Temir for these photos of some very brave ladies. The contest organized by HEVI LGBTT.

Backstage, the magic happens — with help from some friends.

Glamour gets a rise out of a spirited crowd.

Walking proudly in spite of current conditions in Istanbul.

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