Bulent Ersoy could face more than two years in prison for saying during a live television show that if she had children, she would not want them to join the army to fight Kurdish rebels. Military service is obligatory for men over the age of 20 in Turkey, and it is a crime to speak against it. The European Union, which Turkey wants to join, is pressing Turkey to do away with laws that stifle free expression.
With her bee-stung lips and long permed black hair, Bulent Ersoy, a transsexual and one of Turkey's most popular singers, is no stranger to controversy. Now she finds herself on trial for trying to turn the public against the country's military. The charges stem from remarks Ms Ersoy made earlier this year on the hugely popular television show Popstar Alaturka that called into question Turkey's deeply ingrained militarism.
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Bulent Ersoy's comments have sparked controversy pic: Bora Bagcibasi She had her share of controversy over the years, most memorably when she was banned from stage after the military coup for having a sex-change. Now she is facing up to four-and-a-half years in jail, accused of undermining support for Turkey's still-powerful military. During an appearance as a juror on the local version of the TV talent show Pop Idol, the singer suggested Turkey's two-decade long fight with the Kurdish separatist PKK was not worth sacrificing a son for.
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She is known as one of the most popular singers of Turkish music, nicknamed Diva by her fans. She remained in MalatyaTurkey until She then moved to Istanbul with her family.
Skip to content. The houses are the work place of some of Istanbul's transgender and transsexual sex workers. Many of these prostitutes have been forced into the trade by lack of employment opportunities.
Reports from the Turkish gay group, Lambda Istanbul state that Turkey's transsexual and transvestite community is facing vicious attacks from police in Istanbul, including torture while in police custody. The intimidation and violent actions of the police began prior to the United Nations Conference of Human Settlements Habitat IIheld in Istanbul in early June, and continues to this day. Many believe the actions may have begun as an effort to "clean-up" the city for foreign visitors. On Ulker Street, home of many transvestites, the police are now a common sight.