Turkey

LGBTI Rights in Turkey


ADDED ON: 07/02/2020

Pride celebrations stir tensions in Turkey

This year’s LGBT Pride celebrations have exposed fault lines in Turkey as authorities called for caution against what they call LGBT propaganda, while companies who adopted rainbow colours on social media have…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2020

Turkey defends anti-gay tweet by head of Turkish Red Crescent

Turkey defended an anti-gay tweet by the head of the Turkish Red Crescent, describing him as a victim of “LGBT propaganda” after his comments were condemned by an international body. Kerem Kinik,…

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ADDED ON: 05/06/2020

Turkey’s president Erdogan orders children to stop drawing rainbows in case they turn people gay

Children in Turkey have reportedly been ordered to stop drawing rainbows as authorities believe it is part of a “plot” to turn them gay. Turkey has seen a sharp spike in homophobia…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2020

Muslim LGBT ‘Allies’ Silent as Muslim Attacks on Gays Increase

There’s a new slur trending in Turkey these days aimed at the LGBTQ population: “#YallahHollandaya” or “Go to Holland.” The expression reflects the Netherlands’ longstanding acceptance of homosexuality, having been the first…

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ADDED ON: 05/03/2020

Turkey: Criminal Case for Opposing Homophobic Speech

The Ankara Prosecutor’s office in Turkey has opened a criminal investigation into the Ankara Bar Association after it filed a complaint against the head of Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate for a homophobic…

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ADDED ON: 04/30/2020

Erdogan throws support behind cleric accused of homophobia

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has defended the homophobic remarks of the country’s top Muslim cleric, Ali Erbas. Erbas, who is the head of Turkey’s directorate of religious affairs, on Friday said…

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ADDED ON: 04/16/2020

Turks call for Netflix boycott after rumours of gay character in new show

Rumours of a gay character in a new Turkish Netflix series, “Love 101”, have ignited calls for a boycott of the streaming service and sharp criticism from the broadcast regulator. A furore…

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ADDED ON: 03/27/2020

Second blanket ban on LGBTI+ events in Ankara has been lifted!

The second indefinite ban on LGBTI+ activity was lifted in Ankara, which was declared by the document submitted to the Police by the Governor's Office in 2018. The governor's office was unable…

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ADDED ON: 11/17/2019

The Secret Battle To Save LGBT People From ISIS — And Bring Their Persecutors To Justice

One is the son of a communist who smuggled messages in kebabs for party members. The other is an army widow whose husband was killed by al-Qaeda. Together they want to convince…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2019

Turkish judge refuses to throw out trial of student Pride marchers

A Turkish court on Tuesday rejected calls to throw out the trial of 19 people for participating in an LGBT+ Pride march on a university campus. Most of the 18 students and…

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ADDED ON: 08/26/2019

Transgender Refugee Fears Death for Being Deported to Syria

Alarming stories of terror and heartbreak continue to surface amid Turkey’s ruthless campaign to deport thousands of refugees back to Syria’s Idlib province, which faces a deadly daily bombardment of airstrikes by…

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ADDED ON: 08/25/2019

‘Queer Olympix’ Banned In Istanbul

Authorities in Istanbul have banned the “Queer Olympix”, organisers said Saturday, becoming the latest pro-LGBT event to be cancelled in Turkey. Some 130 participants were to compete in the third annual Queer…

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