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Mehmet (user currently living in TURKEY) posted for gay readers on 22/03/2014 tagged with illegality of male to male relationships +5
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Kendimi bildim bileli erkek erkeğe ilişki eğilimi hazzı vardı. Gerek erginlik dönemimde gerekse yetişkin evremde cinsel tercihime yönelik eğilimim değişmedı. Hiç istemediğim bir ülkede yaşıyorum yasağın cehennem tarafında ezilen bir toplumla iç içeyim. Zaman zaman dışlandım zaman hor görüldüm zaman zaman da dövüldüm. Tek nedenleri ise GAY olmamdı. İleriyi görmeye devam edip bu mücadeleden vazgeçmeyecegim. Gerek ailem gerek çevrem olsun onları terk etmeye hazır olmuş durumdayım. İlahi nedenlerin etkisinde olan toplumum ne yazıkki karanlığı aşamamaktadır. Tamamen yasak tamamen hukuksuz bir devlette yaşıyorum. Aydın, çağdaş, ileri ve açık görüşlü toplumlarda yaşamayı çok isterdim.
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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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