Göttingen - Istanbul - Göttingen
At the end of May 2014, we travelled to Istanbul for the first time. During our week-long stay, we made initial contacts and gained first insights into Istanbul’s queer life. We met the many different activists concerned with queer life, advocacy and resistance who let us into their life for a moment, told us their stories and eased our introduction to the queer networks of the city and were of great help in getting to know the city’s queer networks.
The aim of our second research trip was to deepen established contacts and gain better access to the field. Pride Week provided us with a good opportunity to document the diversity of queer life and activism.
This is how, last June, we were part of the 100 000 visitors of Pride Week protesting, singing, dancing and celebrating for the rights of LGBTQ.
In the spirit of this year’s Pride’s motto, “Temas“ (contact), we accompanied queer people in Istanbul, took part in forums, panels and workshops, interviewed, spoke to and debated with Pride visitors, organizers, hosts, artists and activists.