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Turkey: Court Says Gay Sex is Natural

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

TurkeyIn a surprise ruling, a court in Turkey has ruled in favor of a man selling gay porn, stating that gay sex is a natural act. Gay Star News reports:

Yesterday’s (18 February) ruling regarded a trader who was caught selling 125 DVDs of gay and group sex porn. The person, known only by his initials, DM, faced up to four years imprisonment according to article 262/2 of the Turkish penal code that prohibits owning, trafficking, distributing and publishing ‘unnatural sex’ videos. Judge Mahmut Erdemli, however, ruled that sexual orientation can not be considered as ‘unnatural’ and should be respected.

Remember, removing the anti-sodomy laws here in the US was the first step toward gaining respect for the LGBT community – these laws are often used to keep us in an inferior status.

EU: Turkey, Montenegro Have to Do Better on Gay Rights to Join Union

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Adopting resolutions on Turkey’s and Montenegro’s progress toward joining the European Union, the European Parliament on March 9 told both nations they will have to do better on LGBT equality if they want to be part of the EU.

Turkey must “ensure that equality, regardless of sex … or sexual orientation, is guaranteed by the law and effectively enforced,” the parliament said.

Ongoing problems include forced closures of LGBT organizations, the army’s classification of homosexuality as an illness, murders of transgender people, and the withdrawal of sexual orientation from a draft anti-discrimination law, the parliament said.

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PinkSixty News 12/8/10: Atlanta Gay Bar Payout; Queer Protesters in London

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

The US city of Atlanta will pay $1 million to a gay club, this week. Nineteen customers of ‘The Eagle’ filed a lawsuit after it suffered a botched police raid in 2009.

As London prepares for more protests from student activists over tuition fees, a gay space has been created for queer protesters. A campaigns officer at Manchester University organised the zone amid fears of violence.

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Turkey: Temporary Haven for Iranian Gays Fleeing Iran

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The salmon-colored building has seen better days. Paint peels from the moldy facades. Pieces of cardboard, newspaper and plastic cover the many missing windows – not worth replacing, because the neighborhood kids, who know this as “the gay building,” will just smash them again.

The two-story building in Kayseri’s Fez Kichak neighborhood has become an informal halfway-house for Iranian homosexuals fleeing torment in their homeland and hoping to make it to the West. Homosexuality is punishable by death in Iran, and human rights groups estimate some 4,000 gays have been executed since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

The atmosphere has only gotten more tense since the arrival in power five years ago of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who famously proclaimed in a 2007 speech at Columbia University that there are no homosexuals in his country. An official memo sent to government departments last year called on employees to either marry or resign – a step seen as aimed at seeking to weed out homosexuals.

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