This week has a really important milestone for Turkish Gays’ visibility history. Turkish GQ Magazine has awarded a gay couple as MEN OF THE YEAR in the “Best Director” category.
I can hear you say “WTF?”
Yes, this is true.
It’s really a “big deal” for our community who are likely to see gays as “feminine” characters for a gay couple to be chosen as MEN OF THE YEAR. And even a bold move came from the directors when in the award acceptance speeches as they made it obvious that thay are gay.
Here are their speeches:
M. CANER ALPER:
In our movie, Ahmet was saying ‘Suçum mene!’ in Kurdish, meaning ‘All my
fault. Forgive me’. He was apologizing from his father for what he was.
People in my country are still being murdered even if they apologise for
who or what they are. There is hardly any justice. We dreamt of a country
where honesty does not result in murder, and a homeland where identity
is no longer a threat to life. By making this film, we were honest about our
Our aim was to get distribution nationwide and achieve screenings all over
the world resulting at least a million people to discussing LGBT issues in
Turkey. We think, to some extent, we have reached our goal.
Tonight, GQ Turkey is awarding a prize called ‘Men of the Year’ for the first
time in our country. The fact that two gays are recognized as men of the
year is a very important fact for Turkey.
It is a sign that psychological boundaries in the minds of our society, our
media and individuals are now starting to disappear, and in a way, we are
Cheers to Mr. Alper and Mr.Binay , not for only this expressive award but also for this fantastic speeches.