Turkey

LGBTI Rights in Turkey


ADDED ON: 07/02/2019

Turkish opposition sparks debate with pro-LGBTQ Pride campaign

In an unprecedented move, dozens of Turkish opposition-run municipalities celebrated LGBTQ Pride Day on Sunday, triggering rebukes and strongly worded statements from ruling party officials and their supporters. Among the first officials…

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ADDED ON: 07/01/2019

Turkish police fire tear gas at crowds gathered for banned Istanbul Pride march

Police in Turkey used tear gas to break up a banned Pride rally calling for rights for gay and transgender people. Several hundred activists had gathered in Istanbul, cheering and waved rainbow…

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ADDED ON: 06/22/2019

‘They’re never going to stop us’: Trans March kicks off Pride weekend amid concerns about safety

When Mira Yilmaz left Turkey to come to Canada, she had high hopes she would have an easier time finding acceptance than she did in that country. Yilmaz has only been in…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2019

Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey Most Restrictive On Gay Rights In Europe

Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Armenia have the most restrictive lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality laws and policies in Europe, a campaign group says. Azerbaijan scored just 3 percent on a scale…

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ADDED ON: 05/14/2019

Turkey: ‘Appalling’ violence used against students holding Pride march

Reacting to the news that a Pride march organized by students at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara has been violently broken up by police and 25 students arrested, Fotis…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

LGBTI rights in the Balkans: A perpetual struggle

Romanian Adrian Coman and his American-born partner Clai Hamilton had two major reasons to celebrate when they tied the knot last June. One of course, was their marriage. The other was the…

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ADDED ON: 04/22/2019

Court lifts ban on LGBT Pride events in Turkey’s capital city

LGBT+ Pride events can now be held in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, as a court has lifted a ban that previously prohibited such celebrations. The news was announced on Thursday…

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ADDED ON: 04/14/2019

Turkish professor calls homosexuality a ‘secret service conspiracy’

A Turkish professor has said homosexuality is a "secret service plot" employed by unnamed actors against countries that are seen as a threat, news website T24 reported on Friday. "In this way,…

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ADDED ON: 04/05/2019

Evolution of Transgender Identity in Turkey

LGBTI groups in Turkey have reportedly been trying to survive hate murders, abuse, rape, and inequality in what reportedly is a very polarised society. A society in which moral understanding is dictated…

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ADDED ON: 03/20/2019

Turkish Police Officer Suspended for Being Gay – DW

A Turkish police officer in the eastern city of Van has been suspended from duty because he is gay, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reported on Sunday. It all started in late 2017, when…

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ADDED ON: 03/06/2019

Turkish TV Station Pulls the Plug On Show After Interview Defending LGBTI Rights

A Turkish Islamist television station said it would take a show off air following an interview with an opposition party mayoral candidate who spoke of the need to protect the country’s LGBT…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2019

Grindr Banned in Lebanon: List of Countries that Prohibit Gay Dating App

Lebanon has reportedly banned people from accessing Grindr, a gay dating mobile app, on the country’s public network. SMEX, a Lebanese NGO that works toward empowering people, reached out to Touch, one of…

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