{Page 5} Turkey and the LGBT Community

This brand new page will be about Turkey. We are getting many hits coming from Turkey, so we see a need to introduce it to the rest of the world and to report on the LGBT life there. Ever since the attempted Coupe in Turkey, the President with King powers has clamp up on news about LGBT. That happened in Russia and in other places in which gays were at least allowed to show the colors of the rainbow but no longer and instead you have pure unadulterated persecution and deaths. We hope Turkey never becomes one of those inhuman places with no respect for International or human law.
Turkey is an important state because it's location and it also belongs to NATO (Noth Atlantic Treaty organization). These treated is based on self-defense by attacking anyone who attacks one of their members. All Countries contribute to this organization. Some more some less based on their population or more accurate on their GNP.
The page will be changing and adding information that otherwise will be not so easy to obtain but it will at your fingertips.
If you a "tip'= Information about Tukey you can let me know in secrecy as not to get anyone n trouble. We only add names and sometimes the pics of writers that want it. Sometimes there is news that we vet as true and it goes under the 'adamfoxie ' signature. If their continued interest like it has been unto now we will continue to improve this page and will keep it as long as there are people interested in it.
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Being a Turk inTheir Land
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in Turkey face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT persons. Same-sex sexual activity was legalized in the Ottoman Empire (predecessor of Turkey) in 1858 and in modern Turkey, homosexual activity has always been a legal act since the day it was founded in 1923. LGBT people have had the right to seek asylum in Turkey under the Geneva Convention since 1951,[2] but same-sex couples are not given the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. Transsexuals have been allowed to change their legal gender since 1988. Although discrimination protections regarding sexual orientation and gender identity or expression have been legally debated, they have not yet been legislated. Public opinion on homosexuality has generally been conservative, and LGBT people have been widely reported to experience discrimination, harassment and even violence in recent years.

  Pink Certificate                                             🦊
 In Turkey, pink certificate (Turkish: Pembe teskere) is the colloquial name for a military discharge certificate given to those who are discharged or considered exempt from military service due to their sexual orientation. The Turkish Armed Forces Health Regulation, under Article 17 of "Mental Health and Diseases," explains that the case of "advanced sexual disorders," which are "explicitly apparent in the person's whole life," could cause "objectionable situations in the military environment"  To receive such a discharge, individuals must "prove" their homosexuality, under the examination of military doctors and psychologists

  Legal status of LGBT                                     🦊
The first piece of LGBTQ legislation was passed during the Ottoman Empire, when homosexuality and sodomy were decriminalized in 1858, as part of wider reforms during the Tanzimat. The first Turkish LGBTQ organizations were founded in the early 1990s, Lambdaistanbul, the first of such organizations, being founded in 1993 as a cultural space for the LGBT community, becoming an official organization in 2006. Historically, although homosexuality has not enjoyed a public platform, participation in pride marches and public acceptance and visibility have risen slowly over the past few years. In spring 2010 Turkey’s Minister for Women and Family Affairs Selma Aliye Kavaf attracted much media attention when she made a controversial statement during an interview with the daily Hürriyet newspaper: “I believe that homosexuality is a biological disorder, a disease. It is something that needs to get treated.” This sparked national as well as international interest in the state of LGBT rights and individuals in Turkey for a brief time as a reaction: LGBT activists organized a march on Istiklal Avenue to call for an apology, homosexuality became a topic of discussion on a public level, and international media outlets criticized the statement, as well as Turkey's stance on homosexuality.
{On this first posting of Turkey we have gathered the information from Wikipedia pages}

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