Ankara - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a good city for LGBT expatriates? Why or why not?

I don’t have first hand experience, but I could see this being a difficult city for LGBT expats given the current political climate. - Sep 2020


Ankara is a cosmopolitan city relative to more traditional areas in Turkey's south or southeast. While there were same-sex couples within the international community that I knew, caution is merited; there were reported instances of violence against LGBT Turks, even in Istanbul. - Oct 2018


I would not be openly gay here. Homophobia seems to be rising. - Oct 2018


Not too bad for LGBT. Cant be totally open, but pretty big community here. - Sep 2018


No. - Jul 2018


While Turkey isn't nearly as closed down about LGBT issues as Arabic countries, it's still not as open as the US. There are a number of LGBT expats and locals in the area though. I don't have any direct experience. - Sep 2017


There are a few at post and I have not heard any complaints. Ankara is a mixed cosmopolitan and traditional culture. - Jun 2017


Unknown. I would be surprised given the climate for homosexuals outside of Istanbul in Turkey. - Aug 2015


Mildly. Turkey is still behind the times on LGBT rights. - Jun 2015


I would think that there are better posts out there. Turkey is becoming more conservative and Ankara is no exception. - Feb 2015


There is a gay scene and though I don't have personal experience with it, my friends involved with it seem happy enough. - Jun 2014


Not aware. - Apr 2014


Not if you want to be open and out with the locals, but there is no outward animosity towards same-sex couples. - Mar 2014


No. - Mar 2014


I haven't heard anything either good or bad in this regard. - Jul 2013


We met a few gay couples here, and they seem to enjoy Turkey. - Jul 2010


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