Although homosexuality is legal in Turkey, we're talking about a fairly conservative culture, so discretion is advisable -- even if Turkish men are into more public displays of affection with each other than with their wives. Still gayness is coming more and more out of the closet in Turkey; in 2009, more than 3,000 members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community attended the Pride March in Istanbul. Same-sex couples now have a local resource in The site provides sources such as gay-friendly hotels and links to further resources. Istanbul Gay ( provides Istanbul-specific resources such as gay/lesbian guides, gay bar tours, and gay-friendly hotels. Kaos GL ( was the first gay and lesbian magazine in Turkey; their online presence has a substantial section in English, with features addressing issues affecting gays and lesbians in Turkey.

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