Turkey's first ever openly gay mayor candidate announces bid

171984561-2_1_.jpgCan Cavusoglu, a Turkish activist, has launched a campaign as the nation's first openly gay mayoral candidate, according to Turkey's Hurriyet

Cavusoglu announced a bid to run in the Black Sea town of Bulancak, home to about 60,000, in the March 2014 local elections,said Agence-France Press

The 43-year-old, who was born in Istanbul and educated in the United States, describes himself as a  “gay, activist, writer, thinker, painter, humanist and women rights activist," said Hurriyet.

He will be running as an independent candidate. 

“The international values I possess, the representation skills and governmental accounting can be found only in a few people,” he said on Thursday, when he announced the bid, according to Hurriyet

Homosexuality is legal in Turkey, but discrimination remains a problem. As recently as 2008, the death of young, openly gay Ahmet Yildiz was seen as the country's first reported gay honor killing, according to The New York Times.

 

(Global Post)

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