Turkey

LGBTI Rights in Turkey


ADDED ON: 02/05/2023

Turkey LGBT sex workers struggle to pay high rents

Sex worker Nina relies on an apartment in the Turkish city of Istanbul as a relatively safe space to meet clients, but the 29-year-old is worried about making enough to cover the…

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ADDED ON: 12/24/2022

At Istanbul’s Queer Olympix, the aim is for LGBTQ+ athletes to have fun and feel safe

Every summer since 2017, Istanbul has played host to a sporting event known as the "Queer Olympix." Created by a handful of soccer-loving Turkish queer activists, the annual event — which is…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2022

Across vast Muslim world, LGBTQ people remain marginalized

On the outskirts of Yogyakarta, an Indonesian city that’s home to many universities, is a small boarding school with a mission that seems out of place in a nation with more Muslim…

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ADDED ON: 11/13/2022

In new hate speech, Turkish Interior Minister Soylu deems LGBTI+ ‘cultural terrorism’

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Nov. 12 called the LGBTI+ community as "propaganda of a terrorist organization." “There is cultural terrorism. The propaganda of a terrorist organization, which tries to make…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2022

Turkey’s Anti-LGBTQ Display Reflects Nation’s Political Shift

The 25-year-old translator by day and trans drag performer by night felt overwhelming panic and anxiety when several thousand demonstrators gathered and marched Sunday in Turkey to demand a ban on what…

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ADDED ON: 09/20/2022

Thousands march in anti-LGBT demonstration in Istanbul

Several thousand people have taken part in an anti-LGBT demonstration in Istanbul. They called for LGBT associations to be closed down and displayed signs that read: "protect your family and your generation",…

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ADDED ON: 09/19/2022

Thousands march in Turkey to demand ban on LGBTQ groups

An anti-LGBTQ group marched Sunday in Istanbul, demanding that LGBTQ associations be shuttered and their activities banned, in the largest demonstration of its kind in Turkey. Several thousand people joined the demonstration…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2022

Turkish Regulator Criticized Over Public Service Video

Turkish media and LGBTQ groups are questioning a decision by the country’s regulator to classify a video from a coalition of conservative groups as a public service announcement. The Radio and Television…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2022

Life as an LGBTQ refugee in Turkey.

Same-sex relationships may have never been criminalized in Turkey as in many other predominantly Muslim nations, but LGBTQ individuals continue to be seen as depraved or deviant by various social layers and…

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ADDED ON: 07/05/2022

Turkey’s media watchdog warns against broadcasting LGBT ballad

The Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has contacted all music televisions in Turkey to tell them they should not run the latest video released by Turkish singer Mabel Matiz, who is…

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ADDED ON: 06/30/2022

Turkey Pride crackdowns only strengthen LGBTQ resistance

The waving colors of the thousand shades inside of a rainbow, The sparkling joy from the pride and honor of self-declaration. The echoing sounds of the steps for solidarity in the cobblestone…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2022

Istanbul once again bans Pride march

The Beyoğlu and Kadıköy District governors’ offices which oversee the mega metropolitan area of this ancient city located on both banks of the Bosporus connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of…

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