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Turkey Elections Heating Up

The election in Turkey has captured the attention of the global diplomatic community. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faces his toughest challenge since taking power. Boysan Yakar, a human rights activist from Istanbul, spoke with SFGN via telephone last weekend while attending the Victory Fund Institute’s candidate and campaign training program in Jacksonville. “There is no more space in the Turkish Assembly for AKP,” Yakar said in reference to the ruling Justice and Development Party, led by Erdogan. Yakar, whose visit to Florida was funded by the U.S. State Department, said he is a member of the CHP, the founding political party of modern Turkey. “We defend secularism and equality and fight discrimination,” said Yakar, who identifies as a gay man. Voting in Turkey is scheduled for June 7.


Department of Labor To Honor Kameny

Franklin Edward Kameny, founder of the Gay Activist Alliance, will be honored by the U.S. Department of Labor with an induction into its Hall of Honor. Kameny, a World War II veteran and doctor of astronomy with the U.S. Army Map Service, was discharged and barred from federal government employment in 1958 after investigators for the U.S. Civil Service asked if he was a homosexual. Kameny, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 86, spent decades fighting injustice and discrimination in the federal workplace and is credited for coining the slogan, “Gay is Good.” An induction ceremony is scheduled for June 23 at the DOL’s Francis Perkins Building in Washington, D.C.


Miami Ranked No. 18 Most LGBT Friendly City

A consumer advocacy website, factoring in multiple statistics, determined that Miami was the 18th most friendly city in the United States for LGBT people. In its analysis, the website took into account the percentage of each city’s metro population that identifies as LGBT, the Human Rights Campaign’s municipal quality index and number of endorsed leaders in healthcare and the number of hate crimes per 100,000 residents. San Francisco was No. 1 on the list, followed by Portland, Oregon, Austin, Texas, Providence, Rhode Island and Baltimore, Maryland. Orlando came in at No. 10.