TDoR 2020 / 2020 / June / 19 / Burcu


Age 22

19 Jun 2020
Konya (Turkey)

Burcu [photo:]

Burcu was studying English at Istanbul University. After being forced to move back in with her transphobic birth family by the COVID-19 pandemic she took her own life.

Burcu was only 22 years old (1998), committed suicide in the prime of her life and passed away on June 19. She was studying English at Istanbul University.

She had a very conservative family, and with the COVID-19 outbreak, she had to return to Konya with her family. We know that she did not like living in Konya and had problems with her family on the basis of her identity, from her previous posts with her friends. Burcu was not supported by her family and was subjected to (psychological) transphobic violence by her family.

Members of the T-Talk WhatsApp group mourned her passing:

“Burcu was one of the few special people you can meet and meet in life. People have always given them rainbows on rainy days. Now we have lost a color of the rainbow. What we have lived, lived, and lived deserves to be shared; And one day they become light on a person's path to darkness. Memories are treasures, Burcu. You were a colorful light, now you will sleep in those lights. "Light is in your heart, and you will find your way home."

“A very young, very beautiful person with infinite potential who was in a lot of pain. Oh my dear girl, my dear friend… I wish I had suffered. I wish I had the strength to give you a world where you can be happy. Being hostile to oneself is the most unfortunate event that can happen to a person. The love of others alone is not enough to save you. You have to learn to love yourself. I want to believe that trans sisters protect and guide her wherever she goes. I know we will meet again one day. May your soul find peace, my beautiful face, my sensitive heart."

Report added: 25 Aug 2020. Last updated: 21 Sep 2020

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