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European countries are meant to be moving forward by equalising human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, however in countries with more conservative attitudes the reality has not been progressive. For example in Turkey transgender sexuality is dismissed by a dogmatism ingrained in the cultural and social domain, resulting in frequent and increasing numbers of homophobic hate crimes.

„In a survey conducted by the LGBT solidarity organization Lambda Istanbul in 2010, of the 104 transgender women who took part, more than 89 per cent said that they had previously been victims of physical violence in police detention. In 2010 alone LGBT associations documented 16 murders of individuals believed to have been killed due to their perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. „ - Amnesty International

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