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This chapter is a story of trans geography in the urban landscape of Istanbul. Situating the sexual and sex/gender-transgressive character of Beyoglu within a broader social context of ethnic, religious, economic, sexual, and gendered spatialized otherness, the chapter delineates the historical and contemporary significance of space and place making to trans lives and queer possibilities. Cisheteronormativity, as a form of communal and spatial intimacy, incessantly marks trans people’s bodies as unfamiliar, out of place, and transgressive. Trans people are displaced from the visual and material field of public life in violent ways that include the use of spatial techniques of surveillance and securitization, extralegal police violence, urban transformation projects, and the flow of neoliberal capital into their neighborhoods. Yet everyday trans struggles over urban landscape are not only about constant displacement and forced mobility but also about spatial intimacies in the forms of inhabitation, cohabitation, and emplacement.

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