25th March 2015
Turkish cartoonists fined for implying President is gay 7
1:03 PM — Two Turkish cartoonists have escaped jail for suggesting President Tayyip Erdogan is gay.
13th March 2015
European court: Turkey can’t force trans people to be sterilised 9
1:49 PM — Europe's top human rights court has ruled against the Turkish government - finding that it cannot make sterilisation a requirement for gender reassignment.
19th January 2015
Turkey’s first ever sheltered housing for trans women opens
4:07 PM — Turkey's first ever sheltered housing project for transgender women has opened in Istanbul.
28th November 2014
‘God Hates Fags’ church bombarded with phone calls about turkeys 13
1:42 PM — An online hoax has tricked thousands of people into calling the Westboro Baptist Church to ask about turkeys.
16th October 2014
Turkey: Istanbul district launches free anonymous health service for LGBTs 1
1:09 PM — As a first in the country, Istanbul's Sisli Municipality has launched a free and anonymous health service for LGBTs to combat the spread of STDs.
19th September 2014
Turkey: Trans journalist fired from television station 1
6:53 PM — This week, Turkey's only openly-transgender broadcast journalist was fired from IMC TV after a dispute between her and the station's management.
4th August 2014
Mariah Carey to star on cover of Turkey’s first gay magazine 6
12:03 PM — Turkey's first ever gay magazine will be launched in print tomorrow, and will feature US singer and gay icon Mariah Carey as its cover star.
28th July 2014
Turkey: Trans man actor called up for military service 64
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.