Gay Rights: Where is Turkey Heading?
The realities and debates of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons reflect the clashing social, political, and geostrategic trends in Turkey. While more openness, awareness-building, and concrete demands are rising from some segments of society, these are confronted by a trend of rising conservatism and backlash. In the meantime, regional dynamics are also applying differing pressures. As its neighbors are clarifying their positions, and demands are raised from the citizens of the country, Ankara cannot delay taking a stance on equal rights for LGBT citizens for much longer. The choice is between a tyrannical majority and a pluralistic liberal democracy.