Learn Turkish Language Online -- Turkish Learning Logo
[Learn Turkish: Home] [Turkish: Beginners]
[Table of Contents] [Questions/Comments]
[Blog: Our Turkey Life!]
[Learn Turkish: Website Updates]
[Turkish: Movies, Index]
[Learn Turkish: Personal Names]
[Turkish: Website Search Engine]
[Online Turkish Word Dictionary]
Learn Turkish language, 
Online color bar

Identify this
Famous Turks Series...Gay Singer Fatih Ürek wants to inherit Zeki Müren's title as 'Pasha of Bodrum'.
Famous Turk...

Filmler, Filmleri, Turkish Movies, Türk Film, Türk Filmi, Tük filmler, Türk Filmleri

In Turkey - Türkiye'de

Ads by HepsiBurada

Free updates for life!
Jim and Peri's
CD/Broadband Editions
for Turkish Learning --
with triple ebook bonus!
Turkish movies and Turkish Language-learning CD/Broadband product

Bypass Turkish Government Censorship
Ask about our free Speed Trial account --
for in-country Türkiye

Turkish Movies, Turkish Films, Turk/Türk Filmleri, Turkce/Türkçe Filmler
Click the image to learn how to protect your Internet freedom for less than $8 a month!

Türkiye -- A Gay Haven?
Part 1

In Turkey - Türkiye'de

Tüm cd fırsatları için tıklayın !

Turkish movies, Türk filmleri
Gays give thanks to Bodrum...
Some gay males brought girls! (top)
Miss Lolita discusses parenting. (bottom)

Gays give thanks to Bodrum
Click for enlargement.

Thanks Gözcü Gazetesi -- 27 June 2006

Is Turkey a haven for lesbians, gays, bisexuals,
transvestites, and transsexuals?

That there is a thriving community of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites and transsexuals (LGBTT) in the larger cities of Turkey (especially Istanbul) is a pretty open secret. (We touched peripherally on the subject in our blog on the Turkish Homophobia Awards.) And except for those in the latter category of sexual 'orientation' above, that community has existed for a long time apparently. Homosexuality in Ottoman times is well documented, efendim...

And, these days, the never ending rumors about Tarkan's true sexual orientation ...together with recent declarations by model Şebnem Schaefer (about ex-boyfriend [singer, actor] Özcan Deniz's alleged bisexuality) attest to the fact that there's still considerable attention paid to the subject in modern times too. (Deniz furiously denies the allegations and is taking Şebnem Schaefer to court for slander. But, this is not the first time that bisexual allegations have been made against him. The last time it happened, he did a photo-shoot for Aktuel Dergisi (Magazine) posing in a stereo-typical gay outfit,.. just to 'prove' to everyone how secure he actually was in his own masculinity. It sort of worked, and the allegations faded.)

But, anyway... in the entertainment ranks of Turkey's Rich and Famous, the LGBTT-issue really doesn't create much scandal nowadays. Alleged-LGBTT like those mentioned above (and even more obvious and controversial ones like legendary transsexual performer Bülent Ersoy (who went through hell defending her sexual choices in the 1980s) or the gay singer Fatih Ürek (who openly seeks to usurp Zeki Müren [1931-1996] as 'The Pasha' in Bodrum) maintain high levels of public acceptance and popularity -- and demand (and receive) higher than ever fees.

But what about the ordinary 'LGBTT' in the street? Is he/she readily accepted by the general public? Well that's not at all clear. On the brighter side, consider the story (in the photo-article above from yesterday's Gözcü Gazetesi) -- that demonstrates Turkish tolerance (and hospitality) at its best, for both foreign and in-country LGBTTs...

Gays give thanks to Bodrum -- The Club Med Vacation Village is filled in a sudden rush, after 600 gay (read LGBTT) vacationers arrive.

The 1200 guest-capacity Club Med Vacation Village has opened its doors to 600 tourists brought to Bodrum by English Alternative Holidays, the largest Gay Tour Operator in the world. And because of a sudden influx of curiosity-seeking 'straight' customers, the village is now full to the brim. The Club Med management is paying a lot of attention to security around the gay cottages, so that gay guests will feel safe and be able to have a relaxed, good time.

The gay customers come mostly from central and northern Europe, but in all, more than 20 countries are represented -- including Turkey itself with 60 guests from in-country. All are appreciative of the tight Club Med security.

The gay male tourists are professional doctors, pharmacists, computer experts, bankers, real estate brokers, movie directors, architects, even rugby players -- and, curiously, many of them have brought beautiful young girls with them. [Ed. That's shades of the Cuba Gooding gay cruise film, "Boat Trip"...innit?]

And among the gay clientele there are special personalities like the bisexual man from France, who calls himself Miss Lolita. He's received a lot of attention because of the fact that he's married to a woman with whom he has fathered two children! "I left my wife at home," he said, "and came with my boyfriend."

But if that's the brighter side of the gay scene in Turkey, there's also a darker side -- which we expose in Türkiye -- A Gay Haven? Part 2...
In Turkey - Türkiye'de

Ads by HepsiBurada

  • Türkiye -- A Gay Haven? Part 2
  • Turkish Homophobia Awards
  • Bülent Ersoy banned for Live TV gaffe by RTÜK

  • Other Related Pages:
  • Hülya Avşar's notorious skinny-dipping scene from an unnamed film of the 1980'sLearn Practical Turkish Language color icon
  • Dirty Turkish Voice Recordings - Autumn 2011
  • Worst Turkish Self-Promoters - Politicians, Media 'Stars', Entertainers...Learn Practical Turkish Language color icon
  • Bülent Arınç's Gutter-Mouth gets away from him...again
  • Dirty Talk in Turkish - for 'in the flesh' encounters and phone-sex - Autumn 2010
  • Turkish Love Phrases -- for a spicy and romantic Summer 2010
  • Racy and Romantic SMS/Twitter Messages for Winter 2009-2010
  • More Racy and Romantic SMS Love Messages for Autumn 2009
  • Racy and Romantic SMS Endearments (with voice recordings) for Summer 2009
  • Terms of Endearment voice recordings for Spring 2009!!
  • Turkish Movies Database, Index
  • Mature Foreign Women, Case History #1!
  • Mature Foreign Women, beware the Turkish lothario!
  • Other Troubles in Turkish Paradise
  • 'Bad Girls' of the 1970s Turkish Cinema -- Neriman Köksal
  • 'Bad Girls' of the 1970s Turkish Cinema -- Mine Soley
  • Yeşim Yükselen -- The Wicked Witch of West Istanbul
  • Nur Ay -- 'Dirty Dancing' Diva, Part 2
  • Temptress Emel Canser -- Liberated and Licentious Lady
  • Valentines Day 2009 - a little bit naughty, a little bit nice
  • The AC/DC Pasha of Turkish Sanat Music -- Zeki Müren
  • Zeki Müren in the Turkish Who's Who
  • Bülent Ersoy in the Turkish Who's Who
  • Bülent Ersoy's Superstitions
  • Bülent Ersoy -- pictured with other Turkish entertainers
  • Bülent Ersoy's slip (and more) is showing
  • Cem Adlar speaks idiomatically about life after Bülent Ersoy
  • Bülent Ersoy's absence at the Zeki Müren tribute
  • Bülent Ersoy's last film as a man, 'Beddua' with Mine Mutlu
  • Emel Aydan Center
  • Sizzling transsexual actress -- Emel Aydan
  • Aylin Berkay Center
  • Terms of Endearment, Love, and Friendship Dictionary, Index
  • Terms of Endearment, House Favorites
  • Romantic Mobile/Cell Phone Messages, The Original
  • More Romantic Mobile/Cell Phone Messages
  • Loving Diminutives
  • Turkish Proverbs and Idioms for Lovers
  • Sexiest Hotel in the World
  • The Swinging Beachcomber's Guide
  • Unrelated fun:
  • Maganda, The Racy Turkish Lout -- a risqué illustration of the word zipper
  • Aysel, The Turkish Lout's daughter -- has a sexy job interview technique
  • Ferdi Tayfur - Arabesque (Arabesk) Singing Sensation
  • Turkish Movies - Best-Looking Bad Girl of the 1970s, Sevda Ferdağ
  • Bad Girls of the 1970s Turkish Cinema, Aliye Rona
  • Frequently asked questions about Turkey and the Turkish language
  • llustrated Nargile Users Guide -- and Encyclopedia
  • Our Honda Generator -- A Member of the Family
  • Traditional Turkish Humor 1
  • Traditional Turkish Humor 2
  • Habibullah and The Great Cannon Caper
  • Turkish Tongue Twisters
  • Turkish Belly Dancers
  • Turkish Tango, Dance the Romance
  • Turkish Terms Of Endearment
  • Turkish Personal Names
  • Politically Incorrect Turkish Humor
  • Why Off-Color Turkish is important too
  • Turkish Movies, Letter-A
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #6 - Turkish Turn-Ons
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #1 - Turkey opens up about its seks
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #2 - Did they hear it through the grapevine?
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #3 - Was it good for you?
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #4 - The first time, by age group...
  • Turkish Kinsey Report #5 - Who's gotta have it? He? Or she?

  • Ads by HepsiBurada

    In Turkey - Türkiye'de

    Turkish movies, Türk filmleri


    Learn Turkish language

    [Learn Turkish: Home] [Learning Practical Turkish Table of Contents] [Turkish Learning Message Center]Please email us and tell us how we can improve the Learning Practical Turkish Web site.

    © Issues for Lesbians, Bisexuals, Gays, Transvestities and Transexuals -- Turkish Gay Vacations -- Fatih Ürek, Bülent Ersoy, Zeki Müren, --
    The Şebnem Schaefer/Özcan Deniz brouhaha