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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
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Hello
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
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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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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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