Turkey

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Added on: 04/30/2020
04/29/2020
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…

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Added on: 04/16/2020
04/15/2020
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…

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Added on: 03/27/2020
03/26/2020
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….

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Added on: 11/17/2019
11/16/2019
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….

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Added on: 11/13/2019
11/12/2019
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…

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Added on: 08/26/2019
08/25/2019
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…

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Added on: 08/25/2019
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…

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Added on: 08/24/2019
08/23/2019
When summer began, Ward’s* biggest worry was her sick boyfriend. A Syrian with a gentle voice, and all her identity documents in order, Ward thought she could…

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Added on: 07/02/2019
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…

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Added on: 07/01/2019
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…

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Added on: 05/14/2019
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…

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Added on: 05/14/2019
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…

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Added on: 05/05/2019
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…

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Added on: 04/22/2019
04/20/2019
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…

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Added on: 04/14/2019
04/12/2019
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…

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Added on: 04/05/2019
03/31/2019
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…

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Added on: 03/20/2019
03/18/2019
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…

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Added on: 03/06/2019
03/05/2019
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…

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Added on: 01/23/2019
1/21/2019
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…

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Added on: 01/22/2019
01/21/2019
Deniz, a 20-year-old observant Muslim who lives in Istanbul, works as a sign language translator and is studying gastronomy in his spare time. But Deniz, who prefers…

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Added on: 01/02/2019
12/31/2018
Dozens of LGBTI activists in Turkey held a protest in central Istanbul calling for justice after the brutal and gruesome murder of trans woman Hande Kader. The…

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Added on: 11/23/2018
11/22/2018
Turkish LGBT rights organisation Kaos GL said on Wednesday that Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs had used hate speech against LGBT people while answering questions on homosexuality on Turkey’s official…

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Added on: 08/16/2018
08/16/2018
In a country where anti-gay violence is often excused as unjust provocation, a fatal shooting has raised fresh fears. Simge Avcı loved practical jokes, says her roommate Bahar,…

Alturi Partner

Added on: 01/31/2018
Today’s global refugee crisis is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Millions fleeing persecution or armed conflict are seeking safety in refugee facilities as…

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Added on: 01/31/2018
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice is a multi-gendered, multi-racial, multi-identity organization that prioritizes and supports the leadership of women, transgender people, youth, and people of color….

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Added on: 01/31/2018
LGBT rights are human rights, period. Human Rights First works to ensure that these rights are incorporated into the United States’ foreign policy agenda and advanced on…

World Voices

Added on: 09/14/2016
Robert Blackmon
Alturi Project Director
Her work as an urban sociologist in Istanbul has brought an understanding of social norms as a constraint on the ways people define themselves and, for her,…