“Fortunately, our youth are not LGBT youth,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said recently while addressing the AKP party’s youth in a speech via teleconference, provoking mixed reactions in Turkey.
Addressing the youth of his party, and forming the Islamist greeting “rabbis”, which refers to the Muslim Brotherhood, Erdogan specifically stated: “Young people, what does this “rabbis” have? One nation. A flag. A homeland. A state (…) Fortunately, our youth are not LGBT youth. But as young people, we will transfer in the future this nation that comes from history with a glorious history “.
Responding to Tayyip Erdogan, about the presence of LBGT in Turkey, Professor Burak Copur, commented on social media that Sultan Yavuz Sultan Selim (1470-1520) had commissioned Kemal Pasazade (1468-1534) a top official of the Empire to write a book on the subject of homosexuality. The professor even posted pictures from the content of the book, which refers to the LGBT past of today’s Turkey.
— Burak Çopur (@profcopur) February 2, 2021