Is Istanbul selected as the GAY CAPITAL of 2010???????????????

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    Jan 02, 2010 6:45 PM GMT
    My friends

    I read recently on web that Istanbul Istanbul is selected as the gay capital of Europe in 2010. I know that it is the capital of culture but this news really shocked me. But having seen the crazy gay venues of Istanbul last years I really wonder what can further happen as a gay capital in 2010. I plan to go and see and enjoy Turkish hunks more and more.
















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    Jan 02, 2010 6:54 PM GMT
    I can't believe it........

    Being a true Dutch man, I feel sorry about Amsterdam known as the gay capital but I have been in Istanbul several times and I can say Turkish studs love fucking and love fucking. Such a city deserves to be the new gay capital.

    Sorry Amsterdam, I love you but Istanbul fucks better icon_sad.gif

    Istanbullll welcome you on board and congratulations

    Turkish men thank you and good luck....

    I love Kebab and Raki, best before a tasty fuck
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    Jan 02, 2010 7:04 PM GMT
    rofl.
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    Jan 02, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    I wouls also say so but go and see it

    Istanbul guys will make you rof crying in pleasure my dude
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    Jan 02, 2010 7:13 PM GMT
    Um, no. Of course I've been to Istanbul. As far as it being the new "gay capital of europe" I wouldn't call it far-fetched, I'd call it fantastical.

    Furthermore, when I visited I can safely say that I did not find myself attracted to the local homos.

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    Jan 02, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
    Dear,
    That is good:
    In a few days I will be there for holiday and I will let you know WHAT'S GOING ON...
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    Jan 02, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    What is the lesbian capital? Because I really find it hard to imagine that Istanbul deserves it.
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    Jan 02, 2010 10:13 PM GMT
    drypin saidWhat is the lesbian capital? Because I really find it hard to imagine that Istanbul deserves it.


    Istanbuldike?
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    Jan 02, 2010 10:21 PM GMT
    with the muslim goverment there??
    i doubt it very much
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    Jan 02, 2010 10:36 PM GMT
    jusTom saidwith the muslim goverment there??
    i doubt it very much


    I thought the government was secular? My university has a very large population of Turkish students, as we have a cooperative agreement with ITU. They've always seemed very tolerant. I remember when the elections where going on, they were very proud of their secular government and didn't want a hardline muslim in charge. I never really followed it though.

    In any case, it is kind of surprising. I'm just glad it wasn't New York. God, I couldn't stand another thing for this city to bray about. Hahaha
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    Jan 02, 2010 10:42 PM GMT
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    jusTom saidwith the muslim goverment there??
    i doubt it very much


    I thought the government was secular? My university has a very large population of Turkish students, as we have a cooperative agreement with ITU. They've always seemed very tolerant. I remember when the elections where going on, they were very proud of their secular government and didn't want a hardline muslim in charge. I never really followed it though.

    In any case, it is kind of surprising. I'm just glad it wasn't New York. God, I couldn't stand another thing for this city to bray about. Hahaha


    man, just google'' turkey'', ''goverment'' or any combination,where do you live,no news in your tv?
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    Jan 02, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
    jusTom saidwith the muslim goverment there??
    i doubt it very much


    Turkey's government is designed to keep religion, with emphasis on Islam, OUTSIDE of government/politics. Turkey's government is no more Islamic than the US government is Christian (and is arguably less so).
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    Jan 02, 2010 10:56 PM GMT
    I've been to Istanbul many times. I would agree with the comments made here about the gay population... but despite the fact that women in Istanbul seemingly have a LOT more freedoms than in other parts of the country, I still wouldn't even their gay women.

    In fact, it'll be interesting to see when the GayGames or OutGames take place in Istanbul... if ever.
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    Jan 02, 2010 11:07 PM GMT
    jass12345 said
    jusTom said
    jimbobthedevil said
    jusTom saidwith the muslim goverment there??
    i doubt it very much


    I thought the government was secular? My university has a very large population of Turkish students, as we have a cooperative agreement with ITU. They've always seemed very tolerant. I remember when the elections where going on, they were very proud of their secular government and didn't want a hardline muslim in charge. I never really followed it though.

    In any case, it is kind of surprising. I'm just glad it wasn't New York. God, I couldn't stand another thing for this city to bray about. Hahaha


    man, just google'' turkey'', ''goverment'' or any combination,where do you live,no news in your tv?



    i think you should google it. he is right that they are very secular.. but icant say that can be gay 2010 city that is hard to say that is not possible because of their culture. ( i lived there as an exchanged international student) that is really different country than other islamic republics. that is not acceptable for them seems as Afghanistan and Iran according to them. they become angryy eheeh



    i ment to google to find out who won the elections there,not about gay life in istanbull,just to know who is prime minister there,and how is the wife of the president dressed [lets just say her face is covered]

    why u seem to tolarate things you wouldent in your own country
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    Jan 02, 2010 11:10 PM GMT
    jusTom said
    jimbobthedevil said
    jusTom saidwith the muslim goverment there??
    i doubt it very much

    man, just google'' turkey'', ''goverment'' or any combination,where do you live,no news in your tv?


    Well, as I said, I get most of my news about Turkey from the Turkish citizens that I interact with on a daily basis. I don't watch much TV since I rarely have time for it, but I do read the news from several sources on-line every day throughout the day, particularly BBC. I am many things, but uninformed is not one of them. There are lots of good news sources out there that show Turkey is absolutely not a theocratic government.

    I did just Google as per your suggestion. The government is strictly secular (as I mentioned, the Turkish people I deal with every day are very proud of that). Perhaps you meant the culture? I know it's a fair blend of Islam and Christian, but then, neither of those religions are particularly kind to homosexuality.

    Oh, I live in New York City, to answer your question.
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    Jan 03, 2010 12:01 AM GMT
    Homosexuality has never been explicitly illegal in Turkey, and Istanbul certainly has a lively homosexual and transxeual community -- and a number have become extremely popular cultural figures. That isn't to say it would necessarily be easy to be homosexual in the country or that you wouldn't face discrimination, bu that the situation is fairly complicated with a mix of both liberal and conservative ideals and values coupled with the fact that homosexuality is and has been viewed differently in the Middle East than in Europe.
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    Jan 03, 2010 12:06 AM GMT

    Hey friends,

    I teach International Politics at a university in Britain. Just to make it clear: the Turkish government is the most secular one in the middle east. It is true that the recent one, namely AKP party is somehow conservative in terms of its focus on keeping Turkish traditions alive and keeping good reliations with the rest of Islamic World.

    However naming them as a fundemantalist or an Islamist party would be too unfair when you look at their strong efforts to unify Turkey with EU, liberal management of internal affairs - alcohol is totally free, night clubs are full of young people, there is no intervention to gay life, women and men are free to walk together, kiss each other on the streets etc.

    I have been to Turkey several times and modern life in big cities like Istanbul, Ankara or Izmir is not less liberal than London or Paris: women wear short skirts, go swimming with bikinis etc. Some women wear scarves but this shows the other way of being tolerant and liberal, am I wrong?

    In the rural areas though, people are more traditional and you can see more women covering their heads but that is perfectly understandable: When you go to the country sides in Britain, people become more traditional too.

    I was suprised by the gay community there. Being a gay is completely legal in Turkey. There are 4 gay organizations working actively on gay rights eg: www.kaosgl.com, www.lambdaistanbul.org. There are many local gay social web sites too.

    Because of the traditions, gays do not want to show their gay sides openly in the public but Turkish men like very much having sex with gays. Having sex with same sex is not perceived by them as being gay if it is kept intimate. One of my Turkish friend had told me that having same sex relation has been very wide spread for hundreds of years in this society.

    My experience over there supports this too: I met so many very attractive men there (believe me if they came to Blackpool, they could earn several hundred pounds every night) but they wouldn't do it for money. They simply
    liked being with men. I met some gay people over there too and I am jealous of them because they can easily flirt with so many nice men whenever they want. I went to a 4 stores gay club for instance, packed with hundreds of gays and good looking men, everything was so free: people kissing, licking and believe me even having sex on the sofas. Those horny men were trying to romance with me and at the end of the night I found myself sleeping with four of them in one gay friend's apartment. In Istanbul, there are at least 20 gay night clubs where you can find anything for your taste and all of them are full of young horny men aging between 18-28.

    I am not sure whether Istanbul is the gay capital in 2010 but there are many very nice stuff to discover if you go there with no prejudice of course.

    Take care...








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    Jan 03, 2010 12:17 AM GMT
    Soulasphyxi said
    drypin saidWhat is the lesbian capital? Because I really find it hard to imagine that Istanbul deserves it.

    Istanbuldike?

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    Jan 03, 2010 12:29 AM GMT
    JamesNorth said...I am not sure whether Istanbul is the gay capital in 2010 but there are many very nice stuff to discover if you go there with no prejudice of course.

    Ok, I'm sold. Packing my bags as we type!
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    Jan 03, 2010 12:43 AM GMT
    Soulasphyxi said
    drypin saidWhat is the lesbian capital? Because I really find it hard to imagine that Istanbul deserves it.


    Istanbuldike?


    Am I the only one who caught this??? LMAO!!!!
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    Jan 03, 2010 12:44 AM GMT
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    Soulasphyxi said
    drypin saidWhat is the lesbian capital? Because I really find it hard to imagine that Istanbul deserves it.

    Istanbuldike?

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    Istanbutch ?