Turkish trans celebrity and actress Bulent Ersoy (from left), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his wife Emine Erdogan and Turkish singer Sibel Can attend a Ramzan dinner in Istanbul.Turkish trans celebrity and actress Bulent Ersoy (from left), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his wife Emine Erdogan and Turkish singer Sibel Can attend a Ramzan dinner in Istanbul.Several hundred riot policemen surrounded the main Taksim Square — where demonstrations have been banned since major anti-government protests in 2013 — to stop the protest from taking place.
Ms Ersoy (64) underwent sex reassignment surgery in London in the 1980s.Earlier on Sunday, Istanbul riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to prevent a “Trans Pride” event taking place during Ramzan.Istanbul authorities said on Friday they had banned the annual gay pride parade set for June 26 China Grommet Suppliers to “safeguard security and public order” after a string of bombings around Turkey over the past year. (Photo: AFP)President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shared a Ramzan dinner with Turkey’s best-known transgender celebrity hours after the riot police broke up an LGBT rally in Istanbul, pictures distributed by his office on Monday showed. (Photo: AFP) ERDO.
The pictures show the couple sharing a meal with “The Diva”, as Ms Ersoy is known in Turkey, at the official presidential residence in the Istanbul suburb of Tarabya.The conservative president and his headscarf-clad wife on Sunday shared their traditional iftar meal at the end of the Muslim fasting day with a group of artists including Turkish trans celebrity and actress Bulent Ersoy. She became a celebrity but also faced verbal and even physical attacks at home.The demonstrators unfurled a rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, and then tried to read a statement but were prevented from doing so by the police