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This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in TURKEY...
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Melis (user currently living in TURKEY) posted for lesbian readers on 26/07/2014
I am Melis , i am from Turkey and my age is 21 years old living in İstanbul, I am homosexual since am child 6 years old.
No body knows that except some relatives the one who start with me homosexuality and one girlfriend.My family members they are not know that but if they come to know that they will descriminate me.
My girlfriend left for her family. Because her mom angry this status. She hate gay and lesbians...
Also Turkey coverenment will punished me because Turkey under islamic rules
I will try out to Turkey after one year.
I am student in university. My depart metallurgy and materials engineering. My class 4.
I want marry my lovely girlfriend future time.I am writing now my story because i wont some body to hear me.
Twitter: @mlsi
+090 5345180493
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(user currently living in TURKEY) posted for gay lesbian bisexual straight readers on 07/02/2014
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Anonym (user currently living in TURKEY) posted for gay lesbian transgender readers on 16/10/2013 tagged with armed forces +5
I want to mention the problems I face as a gay who is a high school senior. I came to the end of this rope.Leaving Turkey behind me, I want to run away as fast as I can when I graduate. I always knew that I'm gay. There was no conflict inside of me regarding this fact. I accepted myself at the very early age. I was determined to hide my sexual orientation because of the semi-religious environment I was raised in. As many people know, people in Turkey take pride their masculinity. It's the same in my family. As a child, I was brought up with the pressure of being more masculine because I'm feminine compared to my peers.
Destructive problems which compelled me to commit suicide many times came in when I just shaped my eyebrows and waxed legs.(It may seem foolish to tell these details but I want to show the reality.)
I was dismissed from the music course I'd been attending for 2 years with the claim that I was deteriorating their brand(!) in the public, being a bad model to kids in the music course.
My family didn't stand for me and they broke into my private life.(I don't want to be specific at this point)
It ended up with that my family got to know my sexuality and made my life like a hell.
Now, it's been one year since I cut the ties with them. I just want to run away from this country!
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Duygu (user currently living in TURKEY) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex readers on 22/01/2013
Hello Everyone,

I am a hotel owner in Turkish Mediterranean Coast Kas, a dreamlike seaside village which Lycians rules for centuries...I realized that 100% of voters here said -They felt unconfortable at their hotel while they were in Turkey. I dont know how much this would change but my hotel www.saylamsuites.com is a Gay Friendly hotel and this might be a start to heal Turkeys picture.

Hope to welcome you one day.
Kind Regards,
Duygu Saylam
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Hi, I'm Turkish and a lesbian and it really bothers me to see others of my ethnicity act like this towards the LGBT community. I have to wait at least 2 more years until I can even tell my parents about my sexuality...my girlfriend's mom already knows about her sexuality and all of my friends know that we're together, except for my parents. It's just not right when you can't go to your parents for help. They're your PARENTS. They're supposed to have your back no matter what you're like. Your parents are supposed to love you no matter what...what if that prosecutor had a gay child? Would he arrest his own child or beat him or something of the like? It's just unbelievable how homophobic someone can be...I recently watched a Turkish movie called Zenne Dancer that was made as a tribute to a gay man who was killed by his own father for being gay. We need to get some in the closet homosexuals into the Turkish government...
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My name is Cevat SOGUT, but I am better known to LGBT People in Turkey as Nikopol "Founder of Turk Gay Club"
I was fired from my job at a bank's cultural center being as a gay
and an gay activist at 2009
i hadn't worked for more then 15 months.
it's too difficult to be a gay "lgbt" in a islamic country.
there is some changes but
life is not getting better then yesterday in Turkey.
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n.n (user currently living in TURKEY) posted for gay lesbian bisexual readers on 20/03/2011 tagged with teaching lgbt rights in schools, hate crime and violence prevention, sexual orientation
I can't tell anyone that i'm homosexual,because in Turkey,heterosexual people reject homosexual people.they think that being homosexual is illness! nevertheless there are institutions which work to protect lgbt rights and which try to change people mind..
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(user currently living in UNITED KINGDOM) posted for gay lesbian readers in response to this story on 28/11/2010
i also have a turkish girlfriend,,many many times we came across similar logic. Turkish people act as though homosexuality does not exist. Unfortunately it is safer to hide everything. I dont know if I could live there, I feel if we get found out, something bad may happen.
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