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Travel
Explore the Gorgeous Museums, Beautiful Sites and Rich History of Istanbul

Istanbul museums are among the very best in the world, not to mention the many other must-see sites; whether you’re into art or history you’ll fall in love

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Travel
Hamam, Or Turkish Baths, Are a Great Place For Gay Men to Relax and Meet Others

The hamam or Turkish bath is not just a great place to rejuvenate the body, but also to hang out in a room full of sweaty, naked men

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Music
Turkey Says It’s Boycotting Eurovision Song Contest Over LGBTQ Contestants Like Conchita Wurst

“There is some kind of confusion of mentality here,” said the head of Turkey’s radio and TV. “Once this is corrected we will return to Eurovision.”

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Editors' Picks
It Does Turkish LGBTQ+ People No Favors to Pretend Turkey Is a Homophobic Nightmare

Police tried to stop the 2018 Pride Parade in Istanbul, but to focus on that ignores all the positive news for LGBTQ+ people in Turkey

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World
Turkish Police Hit the Istanbul Pride March With Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets Before Making Arrests

Turkish police violently clashed with almost 1,000 activists at the Istanbul LGBT Pride March, using rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd,

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World
An Openly Gay and HIV-Positive Activist Is Running for Political Office in Turkey

The People’s Democratic Party (HDP) included Hasan Atik on its list of candidates for the June 24 election in the north-west province of Edirne

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Travel
This Week’s #HornetGuy, Engin, Is a Travel Fanatic Obsessed With Exploring Other Cultures

This week’s #HornetGuy is a 24-year-old from Istanbul who loves traveling and learning new languages

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Editors' Picks
Life for LGBT People in Turkey Is a Struggle, Says This Author and Activist

As Murat Renay tells Hornet, life for LGBT people in Turkey is difficult, as the government oversteps its bounds in criminalizing queer individuals

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World
Turkey Has Banned All LGBT Events Indefinitely and Could Host the Next Major Queer Rights Crisis

A new Turkey LGBT ban against any queer-related events, including Pride, film festivals and support groups, could be the start of a big human rights crisis

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Hornet City Guides
The Hornet Guide to Gay Istanbul

Modern Istanbul is one of the most liberal, gay-friendly Muslim cities in the entire world, and you can see what gay Istanbul has to offer in this guide

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