Tag Archives: Turkey

TURKEY: High Court Rules That Calling Gays “Perverts” Is Hate Speech

Via LGBTI News Turkey: For the first time, hate speech on the ground of sexual orientation is among decisions of the Constitutional Court. The Court acknowledged that calling gays “perverts” is hate speech. Attorney Sinem Hun’s application to the Constitutional Court of Turkey about a news article that appeared on the website Habervaktim.com, which involved hate speech referring both to ...

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100K Turn Out For Istanbul Pride

Via Aydinlik Daily: More than 100, 000 people gathered in Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul to celebrate the 22th Pride Parade for the LGBT community on the 29 June, under some strict security measures by the police who blocked the roads to Taksim Square and Gezi Park with water cannons since early morning. Community members, as well their families and loved ...

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Turkey Blocks Twitter Before Elections

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apparently ordered that Twitter be blocked in his country less than ten days before key local elections. Opposition media outlets said the block was implemented by Erdogan’s government, after the prime minister told a rally he would eradicate Twitter access in the country. The state-run Anatolia news agency said authorities “technically blocked access ...

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About Iran’s Gay Underground Railroad

A fascinating story from Vocativ: For years, Iranians have crossed into neighboring Turkey to escape persecution for being gay. Once over the border and beyond the reach of Iran’s hard-line religious laws, they transform from bankers, engineers, students and artists into refugees, making their case for asylum abroad. Those who have successfully made it to North America, Europe or Australia, ...

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Ukrainian Tries To Hijack Plane To Sochi

Via Al Jazeera: A Turkish official says security forces are searching a passenger plane that landed at an Istanbul airport after a passenger claimed there was a bomb on board. Sources told Al Jazeera that the plane, which had 110 people onboard, took off from Kharhiv in Ukraine and landed in Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen Airport. The plane sent a hijack ...

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Seattle Arson Suspect Was Headed To Turkey, First Court Appearance Is Today

According to a court document revealed yesterday, the suspect in the New Year’s Eve arson at a packed Seattle gay nightclub was booked for a one-way flight to Turkey when he was arrested on Saturday on his way to the airport. Musab Masmari, 30, is scheduled to make his first court appearance today after a judge yesterday found probable cause ...

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Turkey Bans Grindr

Turkish LGBT rights group Kaos GL reports on its website: Dating app Grindr, used by gay, bisexual and curious men, has been censored in Turkey. The app cannot be accessed since yesterday evening. İstanbul Anatolia 14th Criminal Court of Peace blocked off Grindr as a “protection measure.” Kaos GL Association’s Lawyer Hayriye Kara said it is very likely that the ...

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Mustache Transplants Offered In Turkey

If your facial scruff grows in a sparse or unsatisfactory pattern, you might consider a trip to Turkey, which is seeing an increase in medical tourism from men seeking mustache transplants. The procedure uses a technique called follicle-hair extraction, in which doctors remove clusters of hair from the more hirsute areas of the body and implant them along the lip ...

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Turkish Court: Gay Sex Is Natural

An Istanbul court has contradicted previous Turkish rulings by declaring that gay sex is “natural” and should be respected.  The decision comes, interestingly, from the prosecution of a man who was caught selling gay porn. Via Gay Star News: Yesterday’s ruling regarded a trader who was caught selling 125 DVDs of gay and group sex porn. The person, known only ...

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BULGARIA: Jammed Gun Foils Would-Be Assassination Of Political Leader

Reuters reports: A man jumped on stage and pointed a gun at the leader of Bulgaria’s ethnic Turkish party before security guards wrestled him to the ground during a televised conference on Saturday. Ahmed Dogan, the long-time leader of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) escaped unscathed, and it was not immediately clear why the attacker had targeted him ...

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Suspected Gay Honor Killing In Turkey

Four years ago I wrote about what was then being called the first “gay honor killing” in Turkey. Now it appears there has been a second. A gay teenager was allegedly killed last month by his father and uncle in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır in a murder that the boy’s rich and powerful tribal family subsequently sought to cover ...

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On Germans Vs Turk Immigrants

An interesting piece from Al-Jazeera examines how Turkish Ausländer are treated in Germany’s media. Turks are the largest ethnic minority in Germany, comprising about 5% of the population.

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Turkish Army Demands Proof Of Gayness

The Turkish Army grants a waiver of the mandatory service requirement if you are gay. But you have to prove it to them. Ahmet, a young man in his 20s, told officials he was gay at the first opportunity after he was called up, as he and other conscripts underwent a health check. “They asked me if I liked football, ...

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Eurovision 2012: Turkey’s Can Bonomo

Meh.

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Ahmet Yildiz, The Movie

In July 2008 I wrote about Ahmet Yildiz, the 26 year-old gay Turk who was murdered by his father in what was described at the time as Turkey’s first “gay honor killing.” Ahmet’s life story has now been turned into a movie. Caner Alper, the writer and other co-director of “Zenne,” was also a friend of Yildiz’s. Alper said before ...

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European Union Urges Turkish Cyprus To Legalize Homosexuality

After a cabinet minister was arrested for having gay sex, an official from the European Union has asked the Turkish Cypriot government to legalize homosexuality. All of Cyprus joined the EU in 2004, but only the Greek portion has repealed their ban on gay sex.

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Eurovision: Turkey’s Yüksek Sadakat

Meh. Where’s my beloved Eurovision cheese? I’d normally discount this entry from having a chance, but then I remember Finland’s bizarre Lordi, who won in 2006.

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Google: Did You Mean “Battleship”?

Copyranter tips us to this “idiotic” Google campaign from Turkey. I don’t know, it made me smile.

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Size Matters

Salon reports that Turkish researchers have concluded that longer sexual stamina is correlated to increased body weight. But the reason that bigger dudes last longer may not be that sexy (for some). Men with excess body fat last longer in bed. In fact, heavier men were able to make love for an average of 7.3 minutes, while slender men could ...

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Photo Of The Day – Istanbul Pride

Many more amazing photos can be found here. (Tipped by JMG reader Umit)

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