Turkey: first ever openly gay mayor candidate announces bid

13 September, 13:01

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 13 - A Turkish man who studied in the United States is aiming to become the first open member of Turkey's LGBT community to hold public office when he runs to become mayor of a small town on Turkey's Black Sea coast, as daily Hurriyet reports. Can Cavusoglu has said he will run in Giresun's district of Bulancak in the March 2014 local elections in a bid to become the first-ever openly homosexual mayor in the country, while declaring himself a "gay, activist, writer, thinker, painter, humanist and women rights activist." The 43-year-old, who was born in Istanbul, has looked to win votes by saying only he can bring American investment to the town thanks to his connections with the U.S., according to a written campaign bid released yesterday. "The international values I possess, the representation skills and governmental accounting can be found only in a few people," said Cavusoglu, an independent who is publicizing his campaign on a discussion website and on his Twitter account. Cavusoglu also said his financial situation was "quite good" - a factor that will allow him to end corruption and embezzlement in Bulancak if elected as mayor.(ANSAmed).

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