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 www.outrightinternational.org/region/turkey.
BHN Mavi Tours (www.turkey-gay-travel.com) Gay-friendly İstanbul travel agent, with useful links on its website.
Kaos GL (www.kaosgl.com) Based in Ankara, the LGBT rights organisation publishes a gay-and-lesbian magazine and its website has news and information in English.
Lambdaistanbul (www.lambdaistanbul.org) The Turkish branch of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersexual Association.
LGBTI News Turkey (www.lgbtinewsturkey.com) News and links.