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3.8.15

Suffering and loss in Istanbul’s transgender slum | Middle East Eye: Transgender sex workers are surprisingly popular in Istanbul. I walk past a pair of young Turkish men staring at a transgender person smiling through the barred window of a brothel: “… but they’re not women” one said to the other, “but they’re so much better,” the other responds. On one hand, Turkish society condemns transgender sex workers, whilst on the other, they’re a coveted sexual release. Like other taboos, it’s a difficult position for society to reconcile, but hopefully a hypocrisy that might diminish in a country just entering a period of sexual liberalisation.


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