Turkish Trans Singer Stands By Conscription Criticism

Turkey takes their armed services very seriously. All men over the age of 18 must serve at least 15 months in the nation’s military, and it remains illegal to criticize the practice.

That law didn’t stop trans entertainer Bulent Ersoy when she spoke out recently against the required service. And, despite the fact that she’s currently on trial for the remarks and faces two years in prison, Ersoy refuses to back down:

Singer Bulent Ersoy has acknowledged saying on television that if she had children she would not want them to join the army to battle Kurdish rebels who are fighting for self-rule.

“I spoke in the name of humanity. Even if I were to face execution, I would say the same thing,” the state-run Anatolia news agency quoted Ersoy as telling the court in Istanbul.

The Turkish government can’t be too worried about Ersoy’s comment – her trial doesn’t resume until the end of October.