Lesbian Travel: Istanbul

Published Date Author: , October 27th, 2014

Istanbul, TurkeyTurkey has long been a destination popular with gays and lesbians due to its sunshine, history, picturesque ruins and architecture, gorgeous coastline and delicious food. However, it is an Islamic country and has therefor raised safety questions for women and lesbian travelers, and especially transgender people.

Now, however, a new umbrella organization has been established to help fight homophobia and transphobia in Turkey, reports GayAsiaNews.com. It’s good news for those of us who like to sample the ancient comforts of this country that sits between Europe and Asia, whether that takes the form of a Turkish bath or a pillowy piece of Turkish delight!

While Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city of 18-million, it can be an intimidating experience for a lesbian traveler. To help cushion your travel experience you can seek an accommodation provider through The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), which recommends booking Istanbul-area tours or travel deals with select LGBT-friendly companies. But outside of this, a new Turkish LGBT organization is helping to change things across the board.

By Melanie Barker – Full Story at Curve Magazine | Turkey Gay Travel Resources

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