Turkey’s first gay magazine launches today!

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GayMag, Turkey’s first ever LGBT magazine is available today from stores across the country.

The magazine’s first issue features an interview with American pop star Mariah Carey as well as with Turkish singer and actress Hülya Avşar. The magazine is free and can be picked up at any D&R store across Turkey.

GayMag’s launch marks a significant step forward for Turkey’s LGBT community, who although slowly beginning to gain acceptance are still a much-marginalised section of society.

The publication’s editor Emir Akgün told journalists recently that he hoped GayMag would help ‘facilitate coming out’ that may lead to more tolerance of Turkey’s LGBT individuals.

Turkey now joins a small list of European countries that have their own LGBT-based publications. Similar publications have been attempted in other countries in the region but have either been outlawed or have failed to find public acceptance.

For more information on GayMag visit their Facebook page (Turkish only)

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