28th July 2014
Turkey: Trans man actor called up for military service 62
4:57 PM — After completing gender reassignment surgery, transgender actor Rüzgar Erkoçlar has been called up to perform mandatory military service.
2nd July 2014
First transgender beauty pageant held in Turkey 1
2:56 PM — Over 500 spectators attended Turkey's first transgender beauty pageant last week.
30th June 2014
Turkey: Thousands march in Istanbul Pride despite religious objections 15
12:14 PM — Tens of thousands of people turned out on Sunday to celebrate LGBT Pride in Istanbul, slated as the largest gay pride celebration in any majority Muslim country.
Istanbul: Study on human rights violations against LGBT Iranians discussed at Pride
12:09 PM — Iranian LGBT activists at Istanbul’s 9th annual Gay Pride celebration unveiled a study conducted on human rights violations against lesbian, gay and transgender people of Iran.
23rd June 2014
Turkey: Trans Pride demonstrators vow to ‘keep on fighting’
12:56 PM — Protesters on Turkey’s 5th annual Trans Pride march, which has been hosted in Istanbul this week, have promised to “keep on fighting” against the country’s “corrupt regime”.
14th May 2014
Russia considers pulling out of Eurovision, making ‘straight’ rival show 111
5:47 PM — Russia is reportedly considering pulling out of Eurovision, and making a rival contest for its regions and allies.
21st April 2014
Turkish university cancels talks on homosexuality due to Hezbullah fears 14
3:28 PM — A panel discussion on homosexuality at a Turkish university has been cancelled following fears that it may have caught the attention of Hizbullah.
1st April 2014
Turkey: Four mayors who signed LGBT-friendly protocol elected in Istanbul and Mersin 1
4:04 PM — Four mayoral candidates in Turkey who signed an LGBT-friendly municipality protocol were elected on Sunday in local districts of both Istanbul and Mersin.
12th February 2014
Turkey: Mother of gay murdered boy screams ‘I would have killed him myself’ 67
11:07 AM — A father in Turkey has been jailed for killing his gay son – but the mother seems rather more concerned on how his sexuality brought shame on the family.
17th October 2013
EC report criticises EU applicants Turkey, Kosovo and Serbia on LGBT rights 4
7:09 PM — A European Commission report detailing the nature of LGBT rights in several countries looking to join the European Union has criticised Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey.
20th September 2013
Grindr to fight against Turkish court ban 1
6:57 PM — Popular gay dating app Grindr, which was banned by a Turkish court last week, is set to fight against the ban and get back online. The company has announced that it is working with Kaos GL, a Turkish gay-rights organisation, and campaigning group All Out to launch a petition to force the Turkish government to rescind the ban.
12th September 2013
Turkey: First ever openly gay mayoral candidate announces bid 2
4:08 PM — A Turkish man who studied in the United States is aiming to become the first openly gay person to hold public office in Turkey.
Turkey: Court bans access to gay dating app Grindr as a ‘protection measure’ 13
10:45 AM — A Criminal Court in Turkey has issued a countrywide "protection measure" which blocks access to the popular gay dating app Grindr.
6th September 2013
Comment: Growing up gay on a British Army base felt like being a gay teen in Russia 9
12:12 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Josie Recknagel-Fessey reflects on growing up gay on a British military base, the challenges of such a life, and what can possibly be done to improve conditions for gay people living on a base.
3rd September 2013
Comment: With all eyes on anti-gay Russia, there are three countries with a shocking need for coverage 24
6:44 PM — Paul Canning looks critically at media coverage of the LGBT situation in Russia, highlighting other areas around the globe where hate crimes and violence have also soared, yet where media coverage is still minimal.
6th August 2013
Turkish Government urged to protect transgender women from murder 3
7:07 PM — The Greek Transgender Support Association (GTSA) has condemned a series of violent attacks and murders against transgender women in Turkey.
10th July 2013
Turkey: 24-year-old trans woman stabbed to death in her own home 4
1:16 PM — A 24-year-old trans woman was found dead at her home in Turkey yesterday following yet another attack in a long line of transphobic violence in the country.
17th May 2013
Turkey urged to broadcast Eurovision following TV station cancellation over lesbian kiss 14
4:51 PM — Turkey's official television station has been urged by human rights groups to broadcast the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, following reports that it had cancelled the broadcast due to a lesbian kiss by Finland's act on Thursday.
26th April 2013
Vladimir Putin: Russia may change its law to stop foreign gay couples from adopting our orphans 8
4:33 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin, has confirmed reports that the country may change its agreements for the foreign adoption of Russian children, in the light of France legalising equal marriage, to prevent gay, married couples from adopting.
21st March 2013
Row between Netherlands and Turkey over lesbian foster couple overshadows prime ministerial visit 23
7:09 PM — Dutch PM Mark Rutte has rejected an appeal by his Turkish counterpart for ministerial-level talks over the case of a boy taken from his Turkish parents in the Netherlands and placed in the foster care of a lesbian couple.