Trans Guest* House

Trans* Home is a shelter for trans individuals, LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees who need a safe place to stay in Istanbul. It was established by the LGBTI Solidarity Association in 2013.

Guest* House / Misafir* Hane was a collaboration between photographer Ömer Tevfik Erten and myself that aimed to bring awareness to this magical place through an interplay of images and words. Ömer photographed the shelter’s residents, and I wrote a magically real account of their journeys (in Turkish and English).

The project was turned into a book with the kind support of the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul. Guest* House / Misafir* Hane was designed by Merve Deniz, published by Mas Matbaa, managed by Kübra Uzun and launched on the 17th of June 2019 in the Dutch Palace on Istiklal Street.


The book.


The residents. Image credit Ömer Tevfik Erten


The launch. Image credit Oğulcan Arslan.