{Page 5} The Government in Turkey Does Not Want Gay People to Have Sex



Two men embrace at the LGBT pride parade in Istanbul on June 30.
In Turkey, it just got harder to enjoy a good old-fashioned no-strings-attached hook-up – at least if you’re a gay or bisexual man. Last month the Turkish government banned Grindr, the app that advertises itself as a way to “find gay, bi and curious guys near you” and had 125,000 users in the country.
If you try to access the app now – in the name of research, I tried – a message will appear stating that the Telecommunications Communication Presidency (TIB, by its Turkish acronym) has banned the site “as a protection measure.” Protection, presumably, against men having sex with each other.

When Emrecan Ö, a 34-year-old from Istanbul who often signs into the app for a quick distraction while working from home, found out about the government's decision, he said he was shocked but unfazed. He plans to continue logging on by installing a virtual private network (VPN), with which users can still access the site and navigate around website blocks.
Emrecan’s not alone. In the first weekend of June, when massive protests against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were organized through Twitter and Facebook, installations of one company’s VPN software skyrocketed by 1,000 percent. Erdoğan’s declaration that social media was “the worst menace to society” during those demonstrations has only fueled  
“The government is not trying to block content,” Emrecan told me. “They are just trying to make life annoying. They found a way to attack the LGBT community so we don’t have an online presence.”
Internet censorship is nothing new in Turkey, a country that made Reporters Without Borders’ latest Countries Under Surveillance list for censoring the internet. The government famously banned YouTube from 2007 to 2010 in response to a posted video deemed insulting to the nation’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. In the wake of the recent protests, the state has tried to obtain user information from Twitter, and according to the Wall Street Journal / the ruling party is recruiting 6,000 young people to what sounds like a social media propaganda team.
It’s also not the first time the LGBT community has been targeted by Turkish laws. In 2011 the word “gay” was included on a list of words banned from being used in web domain names, and the government has censored many LGBT sites after accusing them of child abuse or "obscenity."
When Emrecan found out gayromeo.com, another website where gay men can meet each other was blocked as well, he sent an email to the government to find out why. The short reply he received directed him to a law on the protection of families. If he wanted to try to overturn the decision, he could, he was told.
Easier said than done. The reasons behind these rulings are often not made clear. Similar decisions have cited ambiguous terms like “general morality” and “Turkish family structure.” The Turkish government even told Ankara-based LGBT group KAOS GL that only those directly a part of the court case could find out why Grindr had been blocked. 

KAOS GL could very well be on its way to the courthouse. After learning of the censorship of the popular sex app by chance when a staff member couldn't access it, the group got in contact with Grindr and began talking about ways to fight back through legal action. The group has a fair amount of experience with these kinds of cases, having already faced (and beaten) its fair share of charges – in August, it won a battle against conservative newspaper Yeni Akit, which had described homosexuals as “perverse.” The court ruled in favor of KAOS GL and found that that kind of language wasn't covered under freedom of expression laws.
“The [Grindr] ruling is another act of repression against LGBT people in Turkey,” said Ömer Akpınar, KAOS GL’s media coordinator. “According to the law, being LGBT is not a crime, but there is no recognition of LGBTs. And we have no anti-discrimination bill to protect LGBTs.”
For many, it is simpler just to go around the bans, if only to avoid the headaches. “It’s a very tiresome business to right a wrong in the government,” said Emrecan. “Instead, we find personal solutions.” These remedies can range from changing the domain name system (DNS) or investing in a VPN.
Emrecan admitted that for many, this is not an option. Some only peruse these dating sites from internet cafés, either because they lack access to the web at home or are afraid of their families finding out about their sexuality. Particularly in urban parts of Turkey, it is still common for young adults to live with their families until they marry and move out (though this is slowly changing), and since gay marriage is far from being legal, escaping from the family’s close watch is extremely difficult for some.
 
Even foreign visitors are affected by the internet censorship. Emrecan may be able to get around the blocks, but the tourists that contact him before visiting Istanbul often go silent when they arrive. Back in their countries, they write to say they tried to reach him but were taken by surprise by the bans on certain sites.
International gay rights group All Out is calling for a repeal of the ban on Grindr. The nonprofit has been communicating with KAOS GL and Grindr to launch a petition that declares that the ban violates freedom of expression and information. More than 12,000 people have already added their names.
“We were very concerned that this blockage represents a trend to block gay content at will by the Turkish government without explanation,” said Joe Mirabella, the director of communications at All Out. “Will they block All Out, other LGBT organisations, or news sites? Where is the line?”
This banner from Istanbul's LGBT pride parade says, "Legs to the shoulder against fascism."
For groups like Kaos GL and All Out, taking direct action is the only option. “Our motivation to choose a petition was simple: All Out believes that when enough people speak out, people in power listen,” said Mirabella.
After the crackdown on protests at Gezi Park this summer, the current AKP administration is increasingly seen as an overbearing father figure imposing on the lifestyles of its citizens. The ban on Grindr provides yet another example of this.
But are the government’s actions in line with the general public’s views? This year’s LGBT pride parade in Istanbul drew an exuberant crowd of tens of thousands – its largest turnout yet in its 11 years – and smaller rallies were held in Ankara, Izmir, and Antalya. Despite a greater presence in Turkey’s public space, however, LGBT people still face discrimination – workers continue to be fired because of their sexual orientation, and in 2012, at least six transgender and five gay individuals were murdered because of their identities. 


Turkey and the LGBT Community:

Introduction
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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