Sunday, July 20, 2014
Michelle Demishevich Becomes Turkey’s First Transsexual TV Reporter! Next Stop: She’s Running For Public Office In 2015
Congrats to Michelle Demishevich for becoming Turkey's first transsexual female TV reporter!
But times have not always been easy for Michelle. In 2012 she was a victim of male violence and transphobia, when during her walk home she was brutally attacked and assaulted.
Since her attack 50 trans women have been murdered in Turkey.
Last month justice prevailed for Michelle’s case when her assailant was jailed, marking a milestone victory for all transsexual people.
Although legislation doesn’t officially discriminate against transsexual people, the community asserts that violence, forced sexual exploitation, employment discrimination, burial discrimination and hate crime murders still plague their community.
Yet times are evolving.
This summer the world witnessed Turkey make a gigantic splash when their LGBT Pride celebration was the largest to date in the Muslim world, inspiring much hope and a promise for change.
And Michelle is only getting started...
While her TV reporting work and public advocacy continue to make positive strides towards helping her community, she recently announced that next year she will being running in the legislative elections!
Three cheers for Michelle Demishevich! We are behind you 100%!