"Ignored rights are denied", I do not just mean that they are ignored by lack of legislation that grants them but more dangerously, they are ignored as issues. By keeping them "broomed under the carpet", many are thinking that they are able stay away from explicity violating their rights, sort of (yes, bit parabole here) like the "don't ask don't tell" policy of USA. Specifically, I am talking about basic human and social rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people.
In north Cyprus, LGBT rights are denied (1) by law, (2) in practice by people, (3) by politicians and many activists by simply ignoring them. Many who call themselves progressives or modern activists lack the vision to accept this as a major issue. Exceptions ofcourse exist (e.g. many recent declarations, activities by New Cyprus Party, some individuals, columnists etc.). Anyway, I am not going to say much, I just wanted to use this opportunity to publicise a very nice interview with a young, gay man in Cyprus that appeared in Kibris newspaper on November 4, 2007 by Aysu Basri Akter.
As of November 12th, the article received four comments. Three were sympathetic to the article, one, however, was more representative of the general public, the poster, nicknamed "Mustafa" from Famagusta said:
"I think homosexuality is disgusting, it should be treated like a disease. Those who accept homosexuality today, will, tomorrow, accept pedophilia. They accept it as particular treats of a person. This is my view."
Ughh. I am sorry Mustafa, but you are a disgusting bigot!