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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, but requires surgery
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    ✖ Single only
    Military
    ✖ Illegal
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (indefinite deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
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Public Opinion

Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition

Ranked #25 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(25%) Against
Support (43%)

Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt

Ranked #23 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(44%) Disagree
Agree (39%)

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #70 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "On this list are various groups of people. Could you please mention any that you would not like to have as neighbors?"

(75.8%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (20.7%)

Justifiability of homosexuality

Ranked #61 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Please tell me for each of the following statements whether you think it can always be justified, never be justified, or something in between."

(78.1%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (5.2%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents

Ranked #49 out of 74 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Homosexual couples are as good parents as other couples"

(54.1%) Disagree
Agree (16.6%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)

Ranked #27 out of 34 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(57%) No
Yes (25%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)

Ranked #27 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June, 2013)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(78%) No
Yes (9%)

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People

Ranked #79 out of 119 countries surveyed. (Source: Gallup, 2013)

Question: "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place for homosexuals?"

(68%) Not a good place
Good place (11%)

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

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Homosexual activity in Turkey is legal.

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

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Same-sex marriage in Turkey is unrecognized.

Current status
Since Oct 29, 1923
Unrecognized
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Oct 29, 1923–Sep 8, 2018
Foreign same-sex marriages recognized only
Civil Unions pending. Required legalization as part of the EU. under review by a Turkish high court to see if spouses are entitled for visas. Foreign Same sex marriage legal under EU High Court Ruling.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Turkey

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Turkey is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In Turkey, there are no laws restricting to discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in Turkey

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Right to change legal gender in Turkey is legal, but requires surgery.

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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May 10, 2015–Sep 2, 2018
Legal, but requires surgery
Requires surgery and Sterilization. Ruled illegal under the EU. Missing non binary options on documents.
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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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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Turkey

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Turkey is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in Turkey

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LGBT discrimination in Turkey is no protections.

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

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LGBT employment discrimination in Turkey is no protections.

Current status
No protections
No laws
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LGBT housing discrimination in Turkey

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LGBT housing discrimination in Turkey is no protections.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 1858
No protections
Proposed for full protections. Intenese Disrimination.
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Same-sex adoption in Turkey

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Same-sex adoption in Turkey is single only.

Current status
Single only
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; Turkish authorities have attempted to reclaim Turkish children adopted into foreign countries by same-sex couples.
Sources:
dot429.com/articles/1468-tu…

Moderator note: second (and originally the only) source has been found broken while addressing a flag. If better source is found, please report!

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Jan 1, 2015–Sep 8, 2018
Single only
No laws in place for same sex couples.
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Turkey

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Turkey is illegal.

Current status
Illegal
Security personal found to be homosexual are dismissed under laws that classify homosexuality as a "psychosexual disorder/illness".
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Blood donations by MSMs in Turkey

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Blood donations by MSMs in Turkey is banned (indefinite deferral).

Current status
Since 1980
Banned (indefinite deferral)
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Conversion therapy in Turkey

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Conversion therapy in Turkey is not banned.

Current status
Since Dec 23, 2017
Not banned
Some people don't practice.
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Equal age of consent in Turkey

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Equal age of consent in Turkey is equal.

Current status
Since 1858
Equal
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