Submitted by Daniele Paletta on Sat, 01/13/2018 - 20:15
Kürşad Kahramanoğlu, the LGBT activist from Turkey who has played a crucial role in the ILGA family for many years, has left us.
A passionate activist, trade unionist and leader of our communities, he served as Secretary General of ILGA between 1999 and 2006, becoming one of the longest-standing persons in this role in the history of the organisation. During the many years he spent in the United Kingdom, he also worked as an LGBT Officer at UNISON, one of the largest trade unions in the country and an ILGA member organisation.
With Kürşad’s passing, ILGA has lost one of its leaders, and a person who has worked relentlessly to fight racism and advance the human rights of our communities. We lose part of our history and an important depository of our memory today, but we pledge to honour his legacy and keep on making sure that our communities are heard, and our existences and rights are recognized.
Our condolences go to all who have been touched by Kürşad’s presence in all these years.
We will miss you.