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October 9, 2013

In the latest crackdown of the LGBT community, an information blog has been shut down after a complaint was made to the Turkish government

Turkey has shut down a transgender support site in its latest crackdown of the LGBT community.

Transsick-o, an information blog for trans men, was censored by the Turkish government yesterday (8 October), according to the main LGBT association KAOS GL.

According to the LGBT rights group, it was shut down by the Presidency of Telecommunication over an ‘administrative measure’.

September 25, 2013

Joel Simkhai says ‘freedom to communicate is a basic right and Grindr is exploring all options to resolve this matter including a legal appeal'

Gay dating app Grindr is considering threatening legal action over its ban in Turkey.

Earlier this month, the app was blocked by Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace as a ‘protection measure’.

Joel Simkhai, the founder and CEO of Grindr, told The Independent they were considering how to respond to the ban.

They believe around 125,000 Turkish gay users are no longer able to use the hook-up app.

September 18, 2013

Turkish LGBT group KAOS GL says Grindr ban is sign of government interference in their lives

Gay dating app Grindr is asking members to try to overturn a ban on its service in Turkey.

Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace blocked Grindr as a ‘protection measure’ on 11 September although GSN sources in the country claim other gay dating and sex hook-up apps still work in Turkey.

September 12, 2013

Hookup app says it was created in order to facilitate communication in countries where the LGBT community is oppressed

Gay dating app Grindr has said they are ‘very upset’ over being banned in Turkey.

GSN reported yesterday (11 September) users were unable to get onto the website, app, and database.

According to gay rights group KAOS GL, Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace blocked the app as a ‘protection measure.’

In a statement made to Gay Star News, a Grindr spokesman said they were ‘very upset’ over the action.

September 11, 2013

Hook-up app and website for gay and bisexual men is blocked by the Criminal Court as a 'protection measure'

Turkey has banned, censored and blocked the gay dating app Grindr, it was revealed today (11 September).

The online database and website are inaccessible in the country from yesterday evening, according to the main Turkish LGBT association KAOS GL.

According to the gay rights group, Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace blocked the app as a ‘protection measure’.

A user attempting to access the hookup website received a message stating the Telecommunications Communication Presidency had implemented the measure.

September 11, 2013

Hook-up app and website for gay and bisexual men is blocked by the Criminal Court as a 'protection measure'

Turkey has banned, censored and blocked the gay dating app Grindr, it was revealed today (11 September).

The online database and website are inaccessible in the country from yesterday evening, according to the main Turkish LGBT association KAOS GL.

According to the gay rights group, Istanbul’s Criminal Court of Peace blocked the app as a ‘protection measure’.

A user attempting to access the hookup website received a message stating the Telecommunications Communication Presidency had implemented the measure.

July 10, 2013

A woman, believed to have been a sex worker, was killed in her own home in the seaside province of Kusadasi

A 24-year-old trans woman was stabbed to death in her own home in Turkey last night (9 July).

Dora Oezer, she was found dead by her housemate in the western seaside province of Kusadasi.

Police are now searching for her murderer, her death the latest in a long line of transphobic violence.

Media in Turkey have claimed Oezer was a prostitute, saying CCTV cameras had caught ‘many people coming in and out’ of the house.

July 1, 2013

Tens of thousands people joined Istanbul gay pride, including Gezi park protestors in a march of unity and solidarity demanding change 

LGBT rights activists and demonstrators were joined by Gezi Park protestors in an unprecedented show of unity and solidarity at Istanbul’s gay pride.

KAOS GL, Turkey’s main LGBT rights organization, estimated tens of thousands joined pride from previous protests against the demolition of Istanbul's Gezi Park, which turned into a nation wide pro-democracy movement.

July 1, 2013

Tens of thousands people joined Istanbul gay pride, including Gezi park protestors in a march of unity and solidarity demanding change 

LGBT rights activists and demonstrators were joined by Gezi Park protestors in an unprecedented show of unity and solidarity at Istanbul’s gay pride.

KAOS GL, Turkey’s main LGBT rights organization, estimated tens of thousands joined pride from previous protests against the demolition of Istanbul's Gezi Park, which turned into a nation wide pro-democracy movement.

June 17, 2013

Turkish police has bashed a gay activist as he takes aid to Istanbul protestors, while three others have been detained and verbally abused

A peaceful gay activist has been pushed to the ground and beaten by Turkish police at an anti-government protest in Istanbul.

And three other LGBT protestors have been reported to have been verbally abused by the riot police who targeted them because of their sexuality.

All four are part of Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park protest that started in Turkey on 28 May.

The protests were sparked by outrage at a brutal eviction of a peaceful sit-in at the park protesting against its demolition.

May 17, 2013

Events in Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Singapore Vietnam and India for IDAHO

In Burma gay men are asking to be decriminalized, in Thailand transgender women want to be spared military service and in the Philippines LGBT rights activists are pushing for an anti-discrimination law.

Events are being held across Asia today to bring attention to various anti-LGBT aspects of society for IDAHO (International Day of Homophobia and Transphobia).

February 27, 2013

A colonel kidnapped his son from his boyfriends flat, in Ankara, Turkey, after attacking and threatening him with death

Ramazan Kalkan, a member of Pink Life LGBTT Solidarity Association based in Ankara, says that the his 21 year-old boyfriend, Umut Göktuğ Söyler, was kidnapped by Söyler’s father and uncles.

Kalkan attested that during the kidnapping on 23 February he was attacked and threatened with death.

There is still no information on the whereabouts of Söyler.

January 10, 2013

A nationalist pro government paper from Turkey spreads hate speech against students and LGBT people

Yeni Akit, a pro government paper known for its nationalist and homophobic views branded gays and students as being ‘dirty’ ‘deviants’.

The paper published the article after students from Turkey’s Middle East Technical University (METU) protested against a visit by the country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

As Erdoğan attended METU for a launch of a Turkish satellite called Göktürk-2, hundreds of students protested against his conservative and militarist policies.

December 28, 2012

One of Turkey's most celebrated fashion designers and a gay activist was brutally attacked in Istanbul

Celebrity Turkish gay fashion designer, Barbaros Şansal, was seriously beaten last night (27 December) in İstanbul, Turkey.

Şansal is well known in Turkey for being an outspoken gay activist and for his use of witty language.

According to daily Hurriyet, the attack, which took place in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, had a political motive.

November 29, 2012

The 2013 David Kato Vision and Voice Award has been awarded to Ali Erol, a leading LGBT activist in Turkey

The 2013 David Kato Vision & Voice Award has been awarded to Ali Erol, a leading LGBT activist in Turkey.

Inspired by David Kato's work, the award recognizes those who strive to uphold sexual rights for LGBTI people. It is named after human rights activist David Kato, who was murdered in his home in Kampala, Uganda on 26 January 2011.

The award was presented to Erol today 29 November at Pan-African Parliament in South Africa.

November 29, 2012

The 2013 David Kato Vision and Voice Award has been awarded to Ali Erol, a leading LGBT activist in Turkey

The 2013 David Kato Vision & Voice Award has been awarded to Ali Erol, a leading LGBT activist in Turkey.

Inspired by David Kato's work, the award recognizes those who strive to uphold sexual rights for LGBTI people. It is named after human rights activist David Kato, who was murdered in his home in Kampala, Uganda on 26 January 2011.

The award was presented to Erol today 29 November at Pan-African Parliament in South Africa.

May 16, 2012

From United States to the Fiji Islands and Italy, LGBT associations unite against gay hate and discrimination

Three Italian Catholic cardinals have agreed to prayer vigils held by the religious group Gionata for the victims of gay hate and discrimination for the first time.

LGBT groups will pray for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Milan, Florence and Palermo, in Sicily as part of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) to be celebrated tomorrow (17 May) in an estimated 100 countries around the world.

January 13, 2012

Zenne Dancer reveals the 'violence and discrimination faced by Turkey’s LGBT community'

Sexual identity and homophobia in modern-day Turkey are brought to the fore in ZENNE Dancer, a new film directed by Caner Alper and Mehmet Binay.

Drawing inspiration from the 2008 killing of Abmet Yildiz, the film is representative of 'the systematic violence and discrimination faced by Turkey’s LGBT community'.

January 9, 2012

KAOS GL wins legal case over ‘perverts’ insult article by Yeni Akit paper

Turkey's High Court of Appeals has ordered Turkish daily paper Yeni Akit (now changed its name to Vakit) to pay compensation for insulting gay people in a headline it printed in 2008, according to a report published by Hürriyet.