The Federal State of Berlin encourages Turks to accept homosexuality by distributing booklets in Turkish language to parents of preschool children. Although an estimated range from 200,000-500,000 Turks live in Berlin, the Federal State rarely distributes booklets in Turkish language. Almost all booklets by the Federal State of Berlin are not available in Turkish language. There must be an important reason why these booklets are distributed in Turkish language.
The Administration for Education, Youth and Family of the Federal State of Berlin instructed the printing of a “Letter to Parents” (“Velilere Mektup”) in Turkish language which bears the title “Important facts about same-sex love” (“Eşcinsel sevgi ile ilgili önemli bilgiler”).
The letter urges the parents that “homosexuality is a topic concerning us all! Homosexuality occurred always and everywhere! Respect homosexuality – Be a role model for your child!” (“Eşcinsellik, herkesi ilgilendiren bir konudur! Eşcinsellik her zaman ve her yerde vardı! Eşcinsellik için saygı – Çocuğunuza örnek olun!”).
A contact (“İletişim”) of the letter refers to the “Turkish Union in Berlin-Brandenburg” (“Berlin-Brandenburg Türkiye Toplumu”).
Serdar Yazar, TBB Yönetim Kurulu Sözcüsü, is quoted in the letter saying: “Berlin çok kültürlüdür! Bu sadece etnik kökeni ya da dini kapsamaz, ayrıca cinsel kimliği ve sosyal gruplar içerisinde insanın çoklu aidiyetini de kapsar. Çok kültürlülük aynı zamanda: Eşcinsel yaşam tarzlarını kabul etmek ve saygı göstermek anlamına gelir.”
The State-supported advocacy group “QUEERFORMAT Educational Initiative” published a 72-page-booklet in Turkish language for parents on the topic “Coming out”. (“QUEERFORMAT Eğitim İnisiyatifi‘nin: Aile Fertlerinin Hikâyelerini Ele Alan Türkçe Coming out Açılma Broşürü Çıktı.”)
The booklet bears the title “My child, the best thing that’s ever happened!” Parents and relatives tell family stories about the “Coming out of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* children”.The booklet is supported by the Administration for Education, Youth and Family of the Federal State of Berlin. The publication of the brochure belongs to the parliamentary initiative “Berlin supports selfdetermination and acceptance of sexual diversity” which was established in 2008.
(“Çocuğum, Başıma Gelen En Güzel Şey!” broşüründe ebeveynler ve diğer aile fertleri, “eşcinsel, biseksüel ve trans* çocuklarının” açılma süreçlerini anlatıyor. “Berlin Her Cinsel Yönelimden İnsanın Kendi Kaderini Tayin Hakkını ve Cinsel Yönelimlerin Kabulünü Savunuyor” İnisyatifi kapsamında hazırlanan broşürünün yayınlanması, Berlin Eyaleti Eğitim, Gençlik ve Bilim Bakanlığı tarafından destekleniyor.)
Beside parents, also preschool educators of Turkish children are addressed by the parliamentary initiative “Berlin supports selfdetermination and acceptance of sexual diversity”. A 140-page booklet of advice for early childhood educators bears the title “Murat Plays Princess” (“Murat, prenses rolünü oynamaktadır”).
3.000 copies of the booklet have been distributed to preschool educators in kindergartens by the “QUEERFORMAT Educational Initiative” as well as by a leading welfare association named “Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband Berlin”.
On pages 99 until 100, early childhood educators are advised as following: “It is important that you have to signal children at a young age: Falling in love is in order, regardless of the gender of the person!”
On page 65, early childhood educators are advised as following: “Make sure all the game materials…and all game offerings (such as…dressing up) are available to all children regardless of their gender and if necessary, encourage them to participate in games in which so far only one gender group is represented.
You can also deliberately facilitate atypical gender offers to find out which supposed girl games give pleasure to boys.”
The Social Education Institute of Berlin organizes a further education workshop along with the launch of the booklet. The workshop also bears the title “Murat Plays Princess” (“Murat, prenses rolünü oynamaktadır”) and it is hosted at the castle “Jagdschloss Glienicke” constructed in the 17th century and listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The targeting group of the workshop are “educators from kindergartens in Berlin”.