• Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
  • Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, but requires surgery
  • Adoption
    Ambiguous
  • Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Employment Discrimination
    Ambiguous
  • Housing Discrimination
    Ambiguous
  • Military
    ✔ Legal
  • Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
  • Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
  • Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned

Public Opinion

"Should Society Accept Homosexuality?"

Turkey ranks #27 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June 4, 2013)
(78%) No
Yes (9%)

By The Numbers

11.2%
of Turkish people think homosexuality should not be a criminal act
(Konda, 2012)
84%
of Turkish people do not want to live with LGBT neighbors

History

Homosexual activity in Turkey

?
Current status
(since 1858)
Legal
The Ottoman Empire, the predecessor of Turkey, decriminalized sodomy in 1858.
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Same-sex marriage in Turkey

?
Current status
(since Oct 29, 1923)
Unrecognized
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Oct 29, 1923–Sep 21, 2017
Unrecognized
But is Proposed for legalization.
Sources:
No
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Right to change legal gender in Turkey

?
Current status
(since May 10, 2015)
Legal, but requires surgery
European court found the sterilization requirement in Article 40 of the Civil Code to be unconstitutional.
" A person who wishes to change their gender may request permission to change their gender by applying in person to the court. However, for the permission to be granted, the applicant must be 18 years old and must be unmarried. The applicant must also be in a transsexual nature and must document the necessity to change their gender for their mental health and that they are permanently deprived of reproductive abilities through an official health committee report obtained from an education and research hospital. Depending on the permission granted, once the gender reassignment surgery fit for the aim and medical methods has been completed and verified by an official health committee report, the court decides to make the necessary changes in the population registry."
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Until May 10, 2015
Ambiguous
It is unclear if transgender Turks are permitted to change their legal gender identity. Trangender women face a lot of societal barriers including transphobic violence leading me to believe that the Turkish government does not permit transgender individua
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Same-sex adoption in Turkey

?
Current status
Ambiguous
LGBT Turks are deemed unfit to be parents however, it is unclear if there is legislation to support this. It is also unclear when this policy began. However, same-sex adoptions are not permitted in Turkey; additionally, Turkish authorities have attempted to reclaim Turkish children adopted into foreign countries by same-sex couples.
Sources:
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LGBT discrimination in Turkey

?
Jan 1, 1858–Oct 15, 2017
Illegal in some contexts
Only for gender identity and expression. Proposed for all protections.
Sources:
No
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Current status
(since 1858)
No protections
There are not any protections for LGBT Turks. There is not any information about when this policy started.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Turkey

?
Current status
(since Jan 1, 1858)
Ambiguous
only for gender identity and expression. law makers are trying to get other protections as well.
Sources:
No
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LGBT housing discrimination in Turkey

?
Current status
(since Jan 1, 1858)
Ambiguous
protection for gender identity and expression. Proposed for full protections
Sources:
No
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Turkey

?
Current status
Legal
Passive (bottom) gay men are not allowed to serve in the Turkish military. Active (top) gay men are permitted to serve in the armed forces.
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Equal age of consent in Turkey

?
Current status
(since 1858)
Equal
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Blood donations by MSMs in Turkey

?
Jan 1, 1980–Oct 15, 2017
Banned (indefinite deferral)
According to the Turkish Red Crescent.
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Current status
(since 1980)
Banned (indefinite deferral)
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Conversion therapy in Turkey

?
Current status
(since Jan 1, 2016)
Not banned
No laws in place making this practice illegal.
Sources:
No
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