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Turkish Army Won't Accept Gays, But Requires Humiliating Proof That You Are One

Openly gay men are not welcome in the Turkish army. However, a recruit must go through a humiliating process to prove he is gay, the BBC reports:

Turkisharmy"They asked me when I first had anal intercourse, oral sex, what sort of toys I played with as a child."

Ahmet, a young man in his 20s, told officials he was gay at the first opportunity after he was called up, as he and other conscripts underwent a health check.

"They asked me if I liked football, whether I wore woman's clothes or used woman's perfume," he says. ''I had a few days' beard and I am a masculine guy - they told me I didn't look like a normal gay man.''

He was then asked to provide a picture of himself dressed as a woman.

''I refused this request,'' he says. ''But I made them another offer, which they accepted.'' Instead he gave them a photograph of himself kissing another man. Ahmet hopes this will give him what he needs - a "pink certificate", which will declare him homosexual and therefore exempt from military service.

Another man, Gokhan, went prepared with explicit photographs of himself

''The face must be visible,'' says Gokhan. ''And the photos must show you as the passive partner.''

The photographs satisfied the military doctors. Gokhan was handed his pink certificate and exempted from military service. But it was a terrible experience, he says, ''And it's still terrible. Because somebody holds those photographs. They can show them at my village, to my parents, my relatives.''

Proving you're gay to the Turkish army [bbc]

New Film Sheds Light on Plight of Gays, 'Honor Killing' in Turkey: VIDEO


Many of you may recall that in 2008 I wrote about Ahmet Yildiz, a 26-year-old gay man who lived proudly and openly in Istanbul, and was shot to death leaving a cafe near the Bosphorus Strait.

YildizYildiz was the victim of an 'honor killing' by his family, and now his friends have made a film about it which is opening in Turkey, CNN reports:

Court records identify Yildiz's father, Yahya, as the primary suspect in the killing. The father's motive, according to a copy of the indictment, was that he "did not accept the victim to be in a gay relationship." More than three years after the slaying, Yildiz's father is a fugitive, still wanted by Turkish police. The death has since been widely referred to as Turkey's first gay honor killing. One of the main characters in "Zenne" is based on Ahmet Yildiz and his tragic story.

Caner Alper, the writer and other co-director of "Zenne," was also a friend of Yildiz's. Alper said before he died, Yildiz often spoke about receiving death threats from his family, who were trying to "cure" him of his homosexuality. Court documents show Yildiz reported these death threats to the Turkish authorities.

The filmmakers hope to shed light on anti-gay hate crimes. Mehmet Binay, the producer, and Alper are a couple of 14 years.

Watch CNN's report on the film and the film's trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Scenes From The Turkish Earthquake


AFTER THE JUMP, disturbing footage from the immediate aftermath of the 7.3 magnitude earthquake that devastated Eastern Turkey today, toppling at least 25 apartment buildings, a student dormitory, a "health services" building, and part of a hospital in the lakeside town of Ercis, and several large buildings in downtown Van, the provincial capital.

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Turkish Football Referee Ousted for Being Gay Seeks Reinstatement

Two years ago following a surge of public support in his favor, Turkey's football federation backpedaled after firing referee Halil Ibrahim Dincdag and outing him to the press. The public response was because instead of running and hiding, Dincdag went on a popular sports program to discuss his sexuality. Diincdag had been a referee for 14 years.

Halil The football federation then claimed that Dincdag was fired for his performance. At the time, activists said his case had the potential to become a landmark anti-discrimination case because of Turkey's European Union accession bid.

Today, Dincdag pleaded for a Turkish court to reinstate him, Reuters reports:

Halil Ibrahim Dincdag, 35, has accused the Turkish Football Federation of passing documents to the media showing he was exempted from compulsory military service because of his sexual orientation, which in turn led to death threats.

The case is being closely followed by rights groups and has attracted much attention in Turkey, where homosexuals are excluded from the military, although many hide their sexuality and complete military service due to fears of social prejudice.

"I have been unable to find a job since my name hit the headlines. I have received threats, and have lost hope of earning my own living," Dincdag told Reuters.

The court was adjourned until October 20. Dincdag seeks reinstatement and 110,000 Turkish lira ($69,000) compensation.

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