Boysan Yaker

It is with disbelief and deep sadness that we learnt of the tragic death of Boysan. Boysan, 31, died on September 6th in a car accident in western Turkey that claimed the lives of four other people.

Boysan was an ardent activist in Turkey’s LGBTI movement and an advisor to Sisli’s mayor. We at FFLAG were privileged to get to know Boysan and his mother Sema over the years whilst all working to address inequalities and prejudice towards LGBT communities.

We have happy memories of exchanging ideas and learning of one another’s cultures at a conference in Sicily in 2011. We were also able to welcome Boysan, Sema and other parents with LGBT sons and daughters to London for World Pride in 2012.

Our hearts go out to Boysan’s parents Sema and Hakar and to all his family and many friends. Our deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved Boysan and who work so hard for the LGBTI movement in Turkey.

 

Pictured: Boysan and Sema at World Pride in London

 

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