As in every country throughout
history, Turkey has LBGT communities
that make their contributions to the
richness and variety of Turkish society.
Also, as in many countries
and societies throughout history,
legal restrictions may
limit the freedom of people to express
their preferences and personalities,
so discretion may
be a virtue for LBGT visitors.
Progress is being made toward understanding and mutual acceptance, but the majority of Turks are relatively conservative and want male-female relationships to be the only ones sanctioned by society.
Other relationships exist, of course, as they always have, but are not sanctioned, are practiced in seclusion, and are mostly not publicly acknowledged.
Being straight as a minaret, I have
no personal experience with the gay
scene in Turkey, but Turkey's
first and only gay travel agency is:
Istanbul Pride Travel - Everyday Turkey Tours
İncili Çavuş Sokak No: 13
Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: +90 (212) 527 06 71
Fax/Tel: +90 212 527 06 72
—by Tom Brosnahan
|Multicolored stairs in Selçuk, the relatively
liberal town next to Ephesus.