Gay & Lesbian Travellers

Homosexuality isn't illegal in Turkey, but neither is it officially legal. There's a generally ambivalent attitude towards it among the general population, although there are sporadic reports of violence towards gay people, and conservative İstanbullus frown upon open displays of affection between persons of the same sex.

Useful websites include the following:

IstanbulGay.com Handy guide to the gay, lesbian and transgender scenes in the city. It includes plenty of information about gay-friendly clubs, bars and hotels.

Lambda Turkish branch of the international Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Liberation Group.

Trans X Turkey (www.transxturkey.com/en) Advocacy group for Turkey's transgender community.