Pembe Hayat LGBTI + Solidarity Association was established as Turkey’s first transgender association by transgender people themselves in Ankara on June 30, 2006. Pembe Hayat (Pink Life) engages in projects and provides direct support services concerning discrimination, hate crimes, violence and social exclusion against LGBTI+s, particularly transgender people. Currently, the association is involved in advocacy at the national and international level and works to promote human rights in line with the principles of non-discrimination and equality.
While Pembe Hayat is potentially open to all kinds of cooperation, some preferred areas for cooperation and experience sharing include the following: transgender rights and LGBTI+ rights, the struggle and human rights of sex workers, sexual health, family, coming out, transitioning, violence and discrimination on grounds of gender identity and sexual orientation, education, academia, working life, military service, prison, law, media, queer culture and arts and festival organization.
Pembe Hayat offers psychosocial, psychological and legal support (via phone or email and/or face-to-face) to individuals defining themselves as transgender or LGBI+ in the following areas: family, coming out, transitioning, violence and discrimination on grounds of gender identity and sexual orientation, education, university, working life, prison, law, media, sexual health etc. The association further hosts the Dilek İnce Wardrobe, which supports LGBTI+ people in prison and/or in need through clothing donations. With the Ali Aligül Arıkan Library and its own experience in topics related to LGBTI+ rights, Pembe Hayat also offers academic sources and counselling.