Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTQ population.
On one hand, Turkey is the first country in the Muslim world to hold a LGBTQI pride march. Eleven years later, 2014 Istanbul Pride is lauded as the largest pride event held in the country. It surpassed last year’s LGBTQI pride attendance that drew nearly 100,000 revelers and onlookers.
Turkey is the "go-to” country LGBTQI Muslims from other Islamic countries flee to for their safety.