Transgender Turkish doctor is struck off by the Health Ministry for 'offending public morality' by posting bikini pictures on social media

Transgender Turkish doctor is struck off by the Health Ministry for 'offending public morality' by posting bikini pictures on social media



A transgender doctor has been struck off by Turkey's health ministry for 'offending public morality' after posting a series of bikini pictures to social media.



The doctor, Larin Kayatas believe the decision was political and an attempt to discourage members of the country's LGBTQ+ community from pursuing careers in medicine.



In a Twitter post last week, the doctor told her followers that she had been banned from working as a doctor, as well as in the civil service, after one of her colleagues filed a complaint to the Presidential Communication Center (CIMER) after she posted bikini pictures.

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She wrote that the colleague 'did not see my behaviours and manner befitting the public morality and thought I was not suitable for the profession.'



Kayatas claims she had been targeted at work for years because of her transgender status and her social media posts, where she regularly speaks about the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community in Turkey.



After being notified of her dismissal, she took to social media to express her outrage at the decision, which she believes is linked to her being transgender. She said that during three earlier disciplinary meetings she was asked by Istanbul's Provincial Health Directorate why she joined the march and whether she was trans.



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According to Kayatas, they also asked her: 'What do you aim with your tweet saying 'Give you vote to the [opposition Republican People's Party] CHP when the elections come?''.


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