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After Erdogan’s attacks, fear spreads among LGBTQ people in Turkey

ISTANBUL – When Yasemin Oz, a lesbian lawyer in Istanbul, heard President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claiming victory after a runoff election Sunday, she said she feared for the future. In his speech, he declared “family is sacred for us” and insisted that LGBTQ people would never “infiltrate” his governing party.They were familiar themes, heard often throughout Erdogan’s campaign for re-election: He frequently attacked LGBTQ people, referring to them as “deviants” and saying they were “spreading like the plague.” But Oz said she had hoped it was just electioneering to rally the president’s conservative base.“I was already worried about what was to come for us,” said Oz, 49.

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Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental Eurasian country located mainly on the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeastern Europe. East Thrace, the part of Turkey in Europe, is separated from Anatolia by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus and the Dardanelles (collectively called the Turkish Straits). Istanbul, which straddles Europe and Asia, is the largest city in the country, while Ankara is the capital.