Skip to main content

Disasters affect vulnerable groups primarily and deeply. There are three main factors affecting the level of disaster exposure for LGBTI+ people, who are among the vulnerable groups. The first of these is the ability of LGBTI+ people to be ready for the disaster and to cope with its effects, and the existence of material or nonmaterial support such as growth and solidarity networks after the trauma. The second is the extent of structural and cultural inequalities in the social structure where LGBTI+ people lived before the disaster and the extent to which social peace can be established. Finally, measures taken to cope with the effects of the disaster before, during, and after the disaster are the criteria that disaster management takes into account in their planning and implementation. Issues to be addressed in this context include exclusionary state policies towards various racial/ethnic and religious groups before and during the disasters, the refugee issue, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the poverty caused by the ongoing economic crisis. If we add the institutional hatred against LGBTI+ people, we need to say that LGBTI+ people have to cope with a multi-layered sum of disasters with the recent earthquakes in Turkey.

The aim of this study is to examine the experiences of LGBTI+ people who survived the disaster in 11 provinces, including their met and unmet needs, experiences of discrimination, and coping mechanisms 6 months after the disaster. While the first study selected Diyarbakır as a pilot province and focused on temporary shelters, this study aims to reach LGBTI+ people from 11 provinces and focus on all areas mentioned.

Click to read the publication!