Lambda Istanbul is a liberation group for
gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people in Turkey.
It has a stable membership of around 100.
Istanbul is the largest queer liberation group in Turkey. It was formed by a
small number of gays and lesbians as a result of a police ban on Christopher Street Day
celebrations in 1993. Since then, Lambda, Istanbul has grown in membership and aims to
raise its voice on behalf of the gay communities in Istanbul.
is not a criminal offence in Turkey, but some articles of the highly flexible police
regulations can be used very easily to ban meetings and demonstrations on so-called public
morality grounds. In 1995 and 1996 Lambda, Istanbul planned activity weeks which would
have included gay and lesbian themed films, panels discussions, and exhibitions. On both
occasions, they were banned by the police and the Governor of Istanbul, who claimed they
were against public morals.The organizing committee was advised by police not to make any
further attempts as the Turkish society was not yet ready for the visibility of
pressure and opposition, we are still carrying out our projects:
Our bi-monthly magazine
which is out since February 1996, has recently changed its name to "...cins..."
and is available in alternative bookstores in Istanbul and Ankara.
In collaboration with the
AIDS Prevention Society in Turkey we have prepared the first Safe Sex brochure addressing
gay men. The current objective of the AIDS Prevention subgroup of the group is to increase
the availability of water-based lubricants as well as safe condoms. A safe sex hot-line
project is in process as well.
serious work we do, we are all volunteers, who come together determined to keep on working
against our society’s prejudices, homophobia and Turkey’s anti-democratic law and
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You can contact Lambda Istanbul at:
Snail mail: PK 103 Goztepe, Istanbul Turkey
Fax: +90 212 224-3792 (Talk first to ask for connection to fax)
Please send us your comments, contributions, recent
and your requests for contact info.
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