Ebru Soykan, a
prominent transgender rights activist, was
in front of her home in central Istanbul on Tuesday. The LGBT
rights group Lambda Istanbul says that she had reported being
beaten and threatened on several occasions by the same man, who
is now in police custody as the murder suspect.
Soykan, a leading
figure in Lambda Istanbul, was the second member of the group
to be murdered in the past year. Advocates attribute the
violence in part to lack of legal protections and police
No legislation exists
in Turkey to protect people based on sexual orientation or
gender identity. While homosexuality is not illegal in the
country, municipalities have used
to discriminate against the LGBT community.