11/02/2006 | Writer: KAOS GL

Washington Blade Magazine

Gay rights groups in Turkey have long hoped that their country's bid for membership in the European Union would bring European-style sexual freedoms, the New York Times reported.

But as Turkey has moved closer to conforming to European legal standards and policies, its movement toward legal parity for gays has been halting. Social opposition to public depictions of homosexuality dissolved in the 1990s, letting a gay world emerge from hiding, at least in part. Efforts by rights groups to change public opinion are hampered by government officials who consider gay groups a threat to traditional values. Gay groups are at the mercy of Turkish Civil Code statutes that prohibit organizations that work against public morality.

Original Link: http://www.washblade.com/2006/2-10/news/worldnews/wibs.cfm

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