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They say … That each is born owing to their past karma, Distinguishing a dignitary from a lowly farmer… That in our past lives we must have been sinners, So in this one we can never be winners… That society works like a hand with unequal fingers, While we are an excess digit that lingers.   But we won’t be fooled that this impeaching Discrimination is the wise Buddha’s teaching. Society is made by the hands of many, To which we contribute no less than any. The hands of a kathoey* are no cruder Nor less human than those of the Buddha.   There’s no distinction that can separate us, Whether tribe, rank, age, gender or any status. All primordial hands were imprinted equal In the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia, Before Hammurabi inscribed his stele legal And sovereignty was invented in Westphalia.   Our hands that have wiped oceans of tears And trembled in handcuffs under mountains of fears Like those fighting...

*Content Warning: This post discusses violence and suicide* ‘What is it like to be an LGBTI person in your country?’ I believe that we should consider our losses, the ones that are visible in the media and known by us, and the ones that we do not know that occur in the suburbs of my country. Those being raped, or are targeted by transphobia and hate crimes in the backstreets of Tarlabasi or other cities in this country. I really do not know where to start or which part of the LGBTIQ acronym to discuss first. There is X’s story, which ends in a forced marriage to ‘correct’ her lesbianism or his gender identity. Imagine a father saying “You’ll remember being a woman after having a penis inside of you!” Or… The story of Ahmet, who was stabbed many times by his own father because of his sexual orientation. Who is the perpetrator? Let’s go...