IMG_2726Here’s my latest for Canadian public radio’s CBC Day 6. Click the play button above to listen!

At the end of May, Turkey erupted into nationwide protests after police cracked down on peaceful demonstrators in Istanbul’s Gezi Park, protesting plans to raze the green space in favor of a mall. Beyond the environmental protests seeking to protect the few trees this district has left, Istanbul’s LGBT community have come out to protect one of the only safe spaces they have. In Gezi Park, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and transsexuals could take refuge from harassment and beatings they were threatened by beyond its bounds. They could meet with friends and lovers, rest under the trees and escape from their families who they often can’t tell they’re gay. This is a small glimpse into the lives and journeys of two gay men fighting to protect Gezi Park.