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My Child

What happens when your child comes out to you? My Child answers this question as it introduces a courageous and inspiring group of mothers and fathers in Turkey, who are parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. They have not only gone through the process of accepting their children for who they are personally, but have taken the next step: to share their experiences with other LGBT families and the public. Seven parents intimately share their experiences as they redefine what it means to be parents and activists in a homophobic and transphobic society.

"Homosexuality is not part of our culture" is a common refrain that impacts the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people throughout the world. Human Rights Watch reports on issues including police abuse of transgender women in Kuwait, persecution of LGBT people in Cameroon, humiliating and invasive practices in Turkey, and violence against lesbians in South Africa, showing how social stigma, ignorance, and prejudice fuel violence and abuse. For a decade, Human Rights Watch has documented violations against LGBT people all over the world, and pressed for change at local, regional, and international levels.