A trans doctor in Turkey has been struck off by the country’s health ministry and accused of ‘disturbing public morality’ for posting bikini pictures on social media.
Bainet claims that Dr Larin Kayataş was reported by a nurse at Taksim Training and Research Hospital in Istanbul.
In a Twitter post last week, Kayataş told her followers she had been banned from working as a doctor after the complaint that was made to the Presidential Communication Center (CIMER).
She said: “They did not see my behaviour and manner befitting the public morality and thought I was not suitable for the profession.
“I was suspended for three months upon the complaint of the nurse. I was away from my profession for three months.
“When I returned… I answered unnecessary, ridiculous questions in my defence. That process was hard for me.
“They now say that I can no longer do my job where I have managed to exist after all these hardships. How can I accept it?”
The doctor claims the decision was political and made in order to discourage LGBTQ+ people from pursuing careers in medicine. However, she’s made it clear she will be challenging the decision.
At the time of writing, CIMER hasn’t released a public explanation on the reasons for her dismissal.
Kayataş added: “I have worked my whole life to become a doctor. I have gone through six years of medical school and now my future has been shattered.”
She also thanked members of the LGBTQ+ community in Turkey for showing her support on Twitter, saying: “I have received nice support from the public… I would also like to say this: We must protect private life without any exceptions.”
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