Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTI population.
On one hand, Turkey is the first country in the Muslim world to hold a Pride march. Now, 11 years on, 2014 Istanbul Pride is widely lauded. It surpassed last year’s LGBTQI pride attendance that drew nearly 100,000 revelers and onlookers.
It is the ‘go-to’ country for LGBTI Muslims fleeing other Islamic countries for their safety.
The country’s Supreme Court acknowledged in July that calling LGBTI citizens ‘perverts’ is hate speech.