LGBT Travellers

Homosexuality is not a criminal offence in Turkey, but prejudice remains strong and there are sporadic reports of violence towards gay people – the message is discretion.

İstanbul has a flourishing gay scene, as does Ankara. In other cities there may be a gay bar.

For more on the challenges facing LGBT people in Turkey, visit

BHN Mavi Tours ( Gay-friendly İstanbul travel agent, with useful links on its website.

Kaos GL ( Based in Ankara, the LGBT rights organisation publishes a gay-and-lesbian magazine and its website has news and information in English.

Lambdaistanbul ( The Turkish branch of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersexual Association.

LGBTI News Turkey ( News and links.